We all know the importance of getting a good night sleep, but
not all of us know the best way of getting it. Slumberdown's sleep
expert Phil Atherton recently revealed to the Daily Mail some top
tips for getting the most out of the night, which will leave you
ready for action in the morning.

Sleep is comparable to a long journey, in that you should suitably
prepare for the trip before embarking. Sleeping takes up a
significant chunk of our daily routines, and it is important to get
into the right mindset before setting off to the proverbial
Beddington. Avoid eating food and drinking caffeine too close to
your bedtime, as this can irritate both the mind and the

Furthermore, you should establish a routine which will prepare
your body for sleep. Get into a relaxed state by taking a bath or
listening to soothing music, which will help take the mind off the
daytime pressures.

Having a suitable mattress and
pillows is essential for maintaining the right posture in the
night. Sleep is a very personalised activity, and we all adopt
different postures and sleeping positions during the night. Finding
the mattress that suits you will alleviate uncomfortable positions
and back pains that can result from a poor sleeping posture. The
best position for sleep is a straightened posture laying on your
side, which limits the stress placed on your back.

Memory foam mattresses are designed specifically for optimised
personal sleeping positions. The material moulds to the body via
the heat that it gives off, allowing for ideal support in sensitive

The bed should be as personalised as
possible. If you sleep with someone else, you should opt for at
least a queen sized mattress, with an overly large duvet to ensure
that both parties get an equal share and are comfortably warm in
the night. The bed should be four to six inches longer than its
tallest occupant, allowing for space to move around.

The National Sleep Foundation revealed strong links between sleep
disorders and health effects at the start of the 21st century, and
since then, studies have linked a lack of sleep to diabetes,
hypertension, obesity and many more. Taking action now will lead to
long-term benefits for you and those around you.

Posted by Elizabeth MewesADNFCR-1744-ID-801285113-ADNFCR