We’re five weeks into 2016 (where did that go?) and as health and wellbeing continues to be a hot topic we wanted to know what resolutions you were making for this year.
We were pleased to say 40% of you want to sleep better! Exercise more and eating healthier came in second and third place, respectively.
We love that sleep is a priority but for those who want to sleep better, do you know how to? Unlike being able to eat more fruit and veg or drag yourself off to the gym three times a week, it’s not that easy to suddenly start sleeping better.
However, that’s where we can hopefully help. Assessing your sleep quality and comfort levels is the first step in achieving a good night’s sleep.
Creating – and maintaining – the perfect sleep environment is vital for health and wellbeing. A restful bedroom environment should be cool, quiet and dark and free from distractions – that means removing computers, tablets, mobile phones and even TVs. Avoid screen time at least an hour before bed as the blue light that emits from these devices messes around with your body’s circadian rhythms by suppressing the sleep inducing hormone melatonin.
Comfort – whether that’s the bed and/or the bedding – play a large part in optimising sleep. It’s difficult to get deep, restful sleep on an old, uncomfortable bed. Use adequate bed clothes and pillows – you don’t want to be too hot or cold in bed, either.
To ensure you experience good quality sleep it’s essential to follow good lifestyle habits too – you need to eat healthily, control your caffeine and alcohol consumption and exercise regularly (and not too close to bedtime). Small changes can have a huge impact on how you sleep.
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Here’s to a great year of sleep!