Top Ten Tips for Sleeping Better

Top Ten Tips for Sleeping Better Tossing and turning throughout the night or lying wide awake in bed for hours is enough to make anyone crazy. Sleep is so important to our well being and can make the difference between feeling alert and sparky or exhausted and unfocussed during the day.
So if you’re looking for some advice on how to get a restorative night’s sleep every night, here are our top ten tips.
1. First and foremost, make sure you’re sleeping in the right type of bed for you. This is the single best thing you can do to improve your sleep. Since you spend around a third of your life in your bed, it pays to make sure it’s right for your body. Visit our Bed Selector for help to find the right bed for your body.
2. Banish the TV, iPad, cellphone and computer for at least half an hour before you go to bed. Backlit devices stimulate and stop you from falling into a deep sleep quickly.
3. Limit your caffeine intake overall and don’t have any after 11am each day.  Caffeine can stay in your body for up to eight hours after you consume it, so don’t be tempted to have an afternoon coffee or chocolate bar.
4. Don’t eat a big meal just before bed and be weary of your evening sugar intake. Aim to eat your main meal before 7pm, so your body has ample time to digest your food before you hop into bed. Also, be careful about snacking after dinner; particularly snacks high in sugar as these can cause sleeplessness and restlessness.
5. If you have allergies, make sure that your bedroom is low in allergens – particularly your mattress and pillows. Old mattress accumulates allergens such as dust mites, pollen particles, bacteria, mould or mildew. So make sure that your bed is less than ten years old and if in you are really struggling, consider a mattress with hypo-allergenic properties. Head over here to read more about allergies and sleeping
6. Avoid napping during the day – it really messes with your sleeping patterns.
7. Keep cool. All too often during summer we wake up because we are too hot. You can open a window or turn a fan on to get cooler, but if that doesn’t work look into investing in a FusionGel bed. These beds are designed to regulate your temperature so you stop getting too hot or cold during the night.
8. Exercise at the right time. Not exercising enough will impact hugely on your sleep quality, but exercising in the morning is best for falling into a deep sleep in the evening.
9. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day. Consistency is important in achieving a healthy night’s sleep so you feel energized and refreshed and stick to this even on the weekend.
10. Stop trying to multitask while in bed. Your bed needs to be about sleep and sleep only. Don’t spend time trying to sort out bills or anything else that will keep you awake. Instead focus on your bed being the place that for rest and deep sleep.
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