Sleep Deprived? Three Tips For A Good Night’s Sleep

Until you have children you have no idea what sleep deprivation actually feels like. That small bundle of joy, although adorable will keep you awake for hours on end, demanding food, cuddles and sometimes for no apparent reason at all! Even when your baby starts to sleep through you’re likely to waken at the tiniest sound and you may find a little person appearing next to you in the middle of the night. Baby days – the halcyon days! You’ll miss this time when your child becomes a teenager and sleeps for what seems like 23 hours a day!

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As the months and years pass you will find yourself having the opportunity to sleep. To make the most of it, try and create a sleep inducing oasis within your bedroom by making it as comfortable as possible. The following tips will help.

Comfort

The key to getting a good night’s sleep is having a really good quality, comfortable bed. Often beds are not replaced for many years resulting in a worn uncomfortable mattress. Sleeping on an uncomfortable bed can cause back and neck problems. You are also unlikely to sleep well if springs are sticking through the mattress! If finance is an issue you could consider replacing the mattress, as the mattress is what provides the support. There are many specialized mattresses available to choose from such as the zinus green tea mattress, which is constructed using non toxic materials like natural plant oils. As everyone sleeps in different positions, it is important to test out many mattresses in order to find the perfect design.

Try to choose a bed bigger than you actually need, this is particularly important for sleep deprived parents who may end up sharing their bed on occasions. A large bed will enable you to control your body temperature better as you will have enough space to adjust your bed clothing.

Choose the material of your bed sheets carefully and ideally use natural materials such as environment friendly cotton and silk. Man made materials are likely to cause an increase in body temperature. Imagine the feeling of crisp cotton sheets when visiting a luxury hotel and try and recreate this at home.

Noise

Noise can affect sleep in different ways, some people cannot sleep without any background noise as they find silence unnerving, whereas others find it difficult to sleep with even the slightest noise. “White noise” such as the sound of a washing machine or hoover is often used to induce sleep in babies, it is thought that this kind of noise is comforting as it replicates the sounds babies hear in the womb.

Tips for reducing noise levels,If you are the type of person who struggles to sleep with noise, include installation of double glazing and earplugs. If you have a partner who snores, the problem is more difficult to overcome!

Dark

Our bodies are programmed to sleep when it’s dark and waken when it’s light. So it’s really important to keep your room as dark as possible to induce deep, restful sleep. Install blackout blinds if you have street lights directly outside your window and don’t sleep with a light on – even a night light.

Finally, don’t take your phone into the bedroom as you will be tempted to check out your social media. Looking at screens prior to sleep will affect the quality of your sleep due to the blue light emitted. Designate your bedroom as a room for sleep and rest by eliminating any distractions.

Sleep well …

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