March is National Bed Month in Britain, which makes it the
perfect time for you to address the bad sleeping habits that are
keeping you awake at night.
Good sleep routines are generally tied to two things: yourself,
and your surroundings. Making the bedroom a place of rest is
essential for a good night's sleep, and there are several
adjustments you can make to turn the room into a place of sanctuary
and rest, rather than exposure and stress.
According to the Sleep Council, you should change your mattress
every seven years. Getting the right mattress will have a
significant impact on how well you sleep at night, and so great
care should be taken during the selection process. There are that
many mattress designs now available that choosing one should be a
tailor-made decision, rather than 'that one looks nice'. If you are
fed up with the traditional mattresses, look into buying a miracoil
mattress or a memory foam mattress for personalised mattress
Ensuring that the room is dark may seem like quite an obvious
statement, but there is more light sources in the room than you may
realise. Light from the bathroom or nearby rooms can easily be
exposed through cracks in the door, and street lights from outside
will effect sleep patterns if they are easily visible.
Additionally, LEDs and other miscellaneous glowing bits festooning
your various electronics can result in disrupted sleep.
Once you have addressed the problems on your eyes, look to address
noise issues which may be distracting your ears. Again, there is an
abundance of noise sources that you may not be aware of, and just
because you don't hear it when you go to bed, it doesn't mean it's
not there at some point. Make sure sudden noise disturbances are
muted, such as noises from your phone or your computer.
Once the bedroom issues have been taken care of, there are a few
matters of personal habit that should be addressed. Watching your
intake of caffeine is an important element here. Imagine the
metabolic time bomb you're setting when you drink coffee, iced tea
or caffeinated soda with a full dinner. By the time that caffeine
rides into your bloodstream, you'll be pondering your pillow.
Similarly, you should look to cut down on snacking. Late night
snacks are often full with sugars which stimulate the brain, such
as cakes or ice cream. Eating too much at a late hour is asking for
trouble as your stomach doesn't take kindly to working at a late
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes