Getting proper sleep

How often do we trawl through life on the back of poor sleep quality or not enough sleep?

Too often.

Most people do not do enough to address ‘sleep hygiene’, and they unfortunately suffer for it.

The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to improve the quality of your sleep.

The first thing you should look at is improving the environment in which you sleep.

Make sure you have a good quality, comfortable mattress that you enjoy sleeping on. It needs to be neither too hard nor too soft.

Ensure that your bedroom is not too hot. If you are worried about getting cold during the night, it is better to wear extra sheets or blankets rather than keeping the heater running. This is because you will kick off hot bedclothes in your sleep, but you can’t turn off the heater in your sleep!

Make sure the room is dark. We are programmed to sleep in the dark, so get rid of any cracks of light that may seep through.

If you are bugged by noises you cannot control (such as barking dogs or street noise), invest in a set of earplugs.

Another good idea is to remove pollutants like alcohol and cigarettes from your system, as these can greatly disturb your natural sleep patterns.

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