It’s no secret that I work shifts. They’re 12 hour shifts and can really affect my sleep pattern. I sometimes have to stay up them which is never very fun and can have a knock on effect for days afterwards.
If I don’t get enough sleep I feel grumpy, run down and completely worn out.
I’m a bit of a fussy sleeper too. I like complete silence, complete darkness and to be wrapped up in my duvet – whatever the weather! I can’t sleep on planes, or trains or the sofa and even sleeping in a hotel bed can be a challenge.
I envy those that can fall asleep at the drop of a hat anywhere. My husband is one of those people.
Thankfully, once I am asleep. I usually sleep quite heavily. I’m well known for my ability to sleep through crying children and house alarms!
If like me, you struggle with your sleep, have a look at these helpful tips which can help you have a better nights sleep.
Try and stick to a pattern
Where possible, try and stick to the same bedtime and wake up time every day. Follow the same routine before going to sleep and your body will eventually fall into a cycle and get used to going to sleep at the same time.
Make your bedroom a relaxing haven
We’ve done this ourselves very recently. We no longer have a TV in the bedroom, we’ve redecorated in muted shades of grey and white and made the room feel much more calming and peaceful.
Choose a good mattress
I think sometimes we forget how long we actually spend in bed. It’s worth investing in a good mattress that will help make your make your sleep much more comfortable. There are so many different types to choose from so shopping around and trying different types out is a must. It’s recommended that you change your mattress every 8 years so you should buy one will a guarantee from a reputable company.
Chill out before you go to sleep
I find reading a book works best for me. I can escape from my own thoughts and read until my eyes feel heavy. If reading isn’t your thing, you could try meditation or relaxing music. Anything that helps to calm and empty your mind will help you sleep better.
Buy a fan
If like me, you’re not a fan of having the windows open at night ( I shudder at the thought of moths and spiders moving int) then a fan can help keep the temperature cool in your bedroom.
Darkness all round
Turn off all the lights and make sure your bedroom is dark. Artificial light isn’t great at bedtime so turn off night lights or any appliance lights that may be illuminated.
If you do struggle to sleep, take a look at the sleep infographic from www.mattressnextday.co.uk below. It’s reassuring to see that you’re not the only one who struggles with their sleep and the interesting facts and statistics about the UK’s sleeping habits are worth a read.
Do you have any tips for a good nights sleep?