Well here’s ten tips that can help you get a good nights sleep.
It feels awful to be tired all the time and having to constantly tell people you’re tired. Needing 10 coffees, three Red Bulls and two Pro Plus tablets just to see you through the day has got you in a vicious cycle! Well it’s time to break that so here’s ten ways to help you fall sound asleep successfully.
- Listen to relaxing music
According to a 2005 study, listening to 45 minutes of relaxing music before bedtime can make for a restful night.
- Avoid using technology
Stay away from computers, smart phones or tablets two hours before you go to bed. The blue light from them stimulates your brain and prevents you from feeling sleepy.
- Make a list
Write down all the things you have to do the next day or anything that is playing on your mind. By writing them down and getting them out of your head you will have a clear mind.
- Count sheep
Or try this exercise, think of an animal for each letter of the alphabet (‘A’ is for ‘anteater’, ‘B’ is for ‘badger’). You should be asleep well before you reach Z.
- Move your bed
We’ve evolved to feel safe and when we can spot danger early and have time to run away. You’ll feel most relaxed if your bed is facing the door whilst also being as far away from it as the space allows.
- Eat a banana
Banana’s are rich in carbohydrates, which can help relax your body and brain, and they also contain natural muscle relaxers potassium and magnesium.
- Reverse psychology
You see attempting to stay awake actually makes you feel tired! You must have experienced feeling tired but wanting to watch the end of a movie and yet falling asleep because you tried to stay awake. Well keep saying to yourself, “I’d like to stay awake just a little bit longer”. Our favourite, and this always works for us.
- Wear socks
Cold feet can keep you awake. An extra layer on your toes can help improve circulation in your extremities, which in turn can help you fall asleep more quickly.
- Avoid alcohol
A recent study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, found that although alcohol before bed might initially help you fall asleep, the sleep you have will be less restful.
- Avoid Stimulants
Certain foods have stimulants and will keep you awake, so after 6pm avoid coffee, energy drinks, chocolate, dried fruit, spicy or sugary foods.