A morning in bed may seem like the perfect start to your weekend, but a Saturday morning lie-in could be bad for your health according to a study by the Medical Research Council.
Whether you're a light sleeper, you've got noisy neighbours or you live with a serial snorer, we're sure you'll agree there's nothing worse than being kept awake at night by unwanted noise. It goes without saying you've probably dreamt of being able to switch the noise to mute every night - if only it were that simple.
Fortunately, there are some simple measures you can take to help block out noise and have a better night's sleep.
Soothing, ambient sounds known as white noise can be helpful to dilute and mask louder, harsher sounds with a more tolerable noise. These sounds are made to help you relax, which in turn helps you to fall asleep quickly.
Check out your app store for apps that play soothing sounds to help drown out background sounds or sudden noises that could interrupt your sleep.
If you're suffering from living with an ongoing noise and are struggling to fall asleep, earplugs are probably the most effective solution for you. You can purchase a good set of earplugs pretty much anywhere and they’ll certainly be worth the investment. After all we think a good night's sleep is priceless.
If you're living with a serial snorer who’s keeping you awake at night, there’s almost always a resolution. We've got plenty of good snoring solutions they can try. Check out our Luxury Anti-Snore Pillow, and our tips on how to stop snoring.
Or are you living with someone who grinds their teeth at night or sleep talks? Again, there are options to help prevent these night time habits and the best thing you can do is to communicate with the person dealing with these problems and address them together. It may even turn out they're not getting a great night’s sleep either.
Rearrange your furniture
If you're living in a shared house, or your bed is on a connecting wall to your neighbours, the secret to a quiet night's sleep could be simple - try distancing yourself from the source.
Try rearranging your furniture, moving your bed to the opposite side of the room, or as far away from the noise as possible. Also positioning large pieces of furniture such as wardrobes against a noisy wall can help to muffle sound coming through.
Hang thick curtains
If the noise that's keeping you up is coming from the street or noisy neighbours, soundproofing your windows is always an option. For a cheap solution try hanging a thick set of curtains from your bedroom windows to help block out external noise.