Modern life has impacted our relationship with sleep so much that half of British adults admit to having problems falling asleep*. 'And lack of sleep has a detrimental knock-on effect on our whole body,' says Dave Gibson sleep expert at Warren Evans bed makers.
You can reclaim your sleep with Dave Gibson’s five top tips:
Establish a healthy sleep routine
Try to keep as consistent a bedtime and wake time as possible as our body likes routine. Listen to your body type - are you a morning lark or night owl? – as this affects your optimum time to go to bed too. Get back to night and day, just as we would have been in caveman times.
Make your bedroom a modern-day cave
Think dark and cool, you need a bedroom with a balanced temperature, around 15.5 – 20 degrees centigrade is good. Darkness is key so try to eliminate all light and reduce all noise.
Get your bed sorted
People with uncomfortable beds, sleep on average one hour less each night, the Sleep Assessment & Advisory Service in Edinburgh has found. To ensure you get a restful and rejuvenating night’s sleep invest in a good mattress that is right for you (and your partner). Warren Evans’ quality mattresses include its popular Natural Air Pocket Firm 3000 and Sienna. And purchasing alongside a bed with wooden slats, such as the Verona or Highgate, is beneficial as air is able to circulate round the mattress thus keeping it in better condition for longer.
Eat right for sleep
Our digestive system and our sleep are inextricably linked, with both when and what we eat and drink directly impacting our quality of sleep. Eat a varied diet with foods containing nutrients such as tryptophan, magnesium and vitamin D. Also have your last big meal about four (and at least two) hours before you go to sleep. Finally avoid stimulants such as caffeine and sugar after lunch.
Meditate and relax
Our drive to stay constantly connected with work and technology means we start and finish the day loaded with stress and adrenaline – so having a device deadline an hour before sleep is advised. Ideally, we should keep technology out of the bedroom entirely. Practicing mindfulness will help get your mind and body into a good place for sleep.
Information courtesy Warren Evans bed makers and sleep expert, Dave Gibson. For more information please visit www.warrenevans.com.
*Research conducted by OnePoll from 26th - 28th October 2016. 1,000 people polled