For all you dreamers out there
Make sure you keep a notepad and pen beside your bed. If you’re one of those unique few that can instantly shut their brain off, you probably won’t need to worry about this. But if you, like most of us, find those last-minute thoughts keep your brain whirring, or the occasional dream wakes you up at 2am and leaves you far too alert, you may find a notepad does the trick. Jotting down your brain’s wandering 2am thoughts can really help your brain let go and get back to restful sleep.
Disconnect well before you settle in for the night
Studies have indicated that the light emitted by various electronic devices can make it harder for our brains to shut down and let us fall asleep. To ensure you don’t lie in bed staring at the ceiling, make sure you stop using electronic devises at least 30 minutes before you go to bed. You can use it as an opportunity to ease off your social media use, to reconnect with your family, or simply to delve into a good book before it’s time for bed.
Get the temperature right
There is nothing worse than waking up in a sweat at 2am, or shivering the night away with frozen toes. Ensure that you have opted for breathable, natural materials in your bedding. If you’re not sure where to start, have a look at Minijumbuk’s range of bedding materials for your perfect night’s sleep. Their products focus on using materials that breathe in hot weather and insulate in the cooler months! The wool fibre used in their products is also great for avoiding allergies, as the natural material is sensitive to those with sensitivities.
Bedtime routines spell success
Routines are the best way of teaching your body how to behave. Establishing a bed-time routine will allow your body to recognise when you are ready for bed, and will help it prepare for sleep. Don’t believe us? In the same way that your body will start to wake itself up at the same time each day if you rise at a consistent hour, your body will adapt itself to other routines that you teach it. Just make sure that you choose a simple, easy-to-follow routine that is simple to replicate each night. And remember to create a routine, or habit, you must repeat it for an extended period of time – your body probably won’t adapt in the first week.
Partying may be good for your social life, but it isn’t helping your sleep
Alcohol may help you fall asleep quickly, but the quality of your sleep can be much lower when your body is processing alcohol. Whenever possible, avoid heavy drinking, and always match your glass of alcohol with a glass of water to counter the alcohol’s negative effects. Consider choosing drinks with a higher water content or lower alcohol content. When you have had a few drinks before bed make sure you bring a bottle of water with you, just in case you wake up during the night feeling thirsty.
Do you have other tips for a great night’s sleep? We’d love to hear them!