Good Sleep Habits

Good Sleep Habits

Tips for a top night's sleep

We all struggle to get our full 40 winks from time to time, especially during February, according to a new study.

Sleepio's Great British Sleep Survey suggests that UK adults will spend an average of eight minutes longer trying to get to sleep, with ten more minutes of restlessness during the night.

This is likely to make people more lethargic during the day, as they have to function with less rest.

However, there are a few ways you can top up on your sleep.

Dress comfortably

You're never going to be able to relax unless you feel comfortable in what you're wearing.

Find your routine

Trying to stick to a regular bedtime routine will tell your brain it's time to wind down and prepare for sleep.

This could be having a pre-bed bubble bath, reading a couple of chapters of a book while tucked under the duvet or listening to your favourite radio show.

Enjoy a warm drink

Having a cup of hot chocolate or tea before bed every night will slightly raise your temperature, meaning that as your body regulates itself it becomes a little tired and you begin to feel sleepy.

Just remember to only choose decaffeinated drinks for this to work!

Use relaxing scents

Many people swear by using essential oils and natural scents to help them sleep. Just as the smell of mint will wake you up in the morning, lavender can help you calm down in the evening.

You could try rubbing a little oil on the inside of your wrists or placing a sprig of lavender under your pillow to help you sink into a natural slumber.

25 March 2013