The importance of sleep for our mental and physical wellness is often underestimated. If we don’t get a good night’s sleep it can feel hard to feel calm and content amongst the daily pressures of life.
We’ve put together 4 top tips for sleeping well:
Some foods like rice, oats and dairy produce chemicals that can increase our desire to sleep. It’s useful to try and avoid foods like caffeine (a well known one) but also foods high in sugar can keep you awake if eaten later in the day.
When you go to bed and you still feel your mind racing, it can be very difficult to drift off. Learning how to relax your body and mind can help ease anxieties and aid restful sleep. Relaxation and breathing techniques and meditation is great for this.
Did you know that the ‘blue light’ displays of electronics suppress melatonin production? Melatonin is the hormone that helps you sleep and if it is suppressed, can cause sleep disruption. Why not pick up a good book for an hour before bed instead of spending it on your phone? You might notice the difference.
Light and noise
It might sound obvious but too much light and background noise can prevent you from falling/staying asleep. If there are sources you can’t control (e.g. you live on a busy road) it might be worth investing in masks or ear plugs. Alternatively, white noise machines can be brilliant for aiding restful sleep as they mask other sounds; great for light sleepers.
These are just a few useful tips which overtime could support your general wellbeing. If there’s anything you’d love us to cover in our blogs, get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.