Properly preparing for sleep

Too many of us bring the stress and worry from a busy day at work back to the family home, and for some this carries over into the preparation time for sleep as well.

Any sleep expert worth his or her salt will tell you that the mind and body need to be prepared for sleep, otherwise a restless night awaits.

In order to get a good night’s sleep a process of relaxation and ‘switching off’ must occur, otherwise we end up still semi mentally active through the night.

One of the biggest issues is people carrying the problems of the day into the bedroom.

Women are said to do this frequently, although there is no shortage of men that carry the same burden.

A great way to combat this problem is to learn to compartmentalise the worry. Start a ‘worry journal’ that you can keep next to your bed, and if something is troubling you note it down.

Make sure you note down the problem so that you can deal with it the following day, and then get a good night’s sleep.

The most important thing is that you cannot do anything to solve the problem when in bed, and you will actually make matters worse if you do not get good rest.

Another great way to prepare for bed is have a regular method of relaxation. Even committing just 15 minutes of relaxation time before bed will go a long way to establishing healthy sleep.

Great options include a hot bath, meditation, stretching or yoga. Some people like to have a cup of herbal tea, but drinking so close to sleep time can mean you have to get up to use the toilet.

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