Need help Sleeping? Try these hints and tips for a better night

Sleep problems…..need a good nights sleep then try these……

There is nothing more distressing in many ways than not sleeping. Poor sleep and insomnia can greatly affect mood, motivation and the ability to perform tasks during the daytime. It can also contribute to headaches, exacerbate pain and leave us feeling even less motivated to exercise and move ourselves.

One of the prime factors in improving sleep is focusing on a routine and making sure that you stick to it. It is important to also consider that too little sleep and indeed too much sleep, can be equally damaging.

Consider the following to help improve your ability to get to sleep and maintain a healthy 8 hours to be able to function well.

  • Turn off the gadgets and limit screen time. Lights used on backlit devices like phones, ipads and laptops is the most disruptive light. Excess exposure can lead the body not to produce as much melatonin which helps us to sleep.
  • Make a routine. Always go to bed and get up at roughly the same time. Your body needs a pattern to follow. Without this sleep becomes much harder. Avoid getting up too late with excessive lie-ins at the weekends.
  • Reduce caffeine and stimulants. Avoid this in coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy bars and also limit refined sugars too.
  • Don’t go to bed really full or totally empty. Both can make it harder to relax and sleep.
  • Exercising regularly can significantly improve sleep.
  • Keep your bedroom dark and noise-free to make sleeping easier and less likely to wake early from.
  • Buy a good bed and a good pillow. We spend a lot of our life in bed, so invest wisely.

Good night and pleasant dreams Zzzzzzzzzzz…………………………..

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This NHS site also provides more help and advice on insomnia

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