According to a recent article from The Independent, "Half of UK adults have had their sleep affected by the coronavirus pandemic and are losing between an hour and two hours of sleep a night, a poll has found." This perhaps is not surprising with the increased stress the pandemic has sprung upon us all, whether financial, health-related or otherwise. Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-british-sleep-anxiety-covid19-poll-b1037820.html
What many of us do not realise is the importance of regular sleep, the right type of sleep and the right quantity of it. Our bodies recover and repair themselves whilst we sleep, something they cannot do effectively where sleep is broken or deprived.
Key to getting a better night's sleep is preparing for sleep. Ensuring you do the right things before bed and making your bedroom conducive to sleep will help. Here's just a few suggestions to try for yourself;
- Well before going to bed, write a list of the things you need to do the next day. This will help your mind 'switch-off' and save you from running through your to-do list mentally as you lay in bed.
- Have a warm drink prior to bed, but one without caffeine. Even better, take a bath to help regulate your body temperature and relax you before bed.
- Make sure your bedroom is free of clutter, cool in temperature and free of electronic devices with bright displays. Leave your mobile in another room to charge and do not watch TV or use a laptop or tablet whilst in bed before trying to sleep.
- Also make sure your room is as dark as possible, especially where you work night shifts and need to sleep during the day. Black out blinds, curtains or both are a must.
-Make sure you have the right amount of pillows and use them in the right way to support your sleeping position. See here for our quick guide.
-Some research suggests that a weighted blanket or duvet can help improve sleep, it's certainly worth trying if nothing else you've tried is working for you.
-Still struggling? Instead of counting sheep, try the Military Method