The big switch off

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A few simple changes before going to bed can improve rest

Getting a great night’s sleep is something we can’t take for granted. According to research from Sealy UK, 77% of Britons wake up each morning feeling exhausted , leading to increased stress, bad moods and a lack of focus. However, the good news is there is a solution. It seems that there are a number of common mistakes we’re all making that are contributing to our sleepless nights. Tackling these could mean achieving a much more restful night’s sleep.

Go tech-free

According to additional data from Sealy, 70% of people use some form of technology while in bed, with almost one in three admitting to being disturbed at night by their partner using mobile device. As well as disruptive beeps and buzzes, the bright blue light emitted by phones, tablets and TV screens impacts levels of melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone. Implementing a 30 minute tech-free zone before bed can reduce the negative impact these devices have on sleep.

Have a soft drink 

Many of us enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a long day, but alcohol can have a negative impact on rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is often considered the most restorative stage of sleep. While you may fall asleep quicker after a couple of drinks, you’ll spend less time in the REM phase, meaning you’re more likely to wake up feeling unrested and drowsy. Try a fruit drink or chamomile tea as an alternative.

 

A good night’s kip not only leaves you bright eyed and bushy tailed, it also helps to improve your overall wellbeing

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The right mattress

Sleeping on a mattress that is right for you and your body is vital when encouraging a healthy sleeping environment. Mattresses need to be changed about every eight years, so keep track as an old mattress can make for an unhygienic sleeping environment. Keep mattresses in shape by selecting one with zonal support. A mattress that is past its prime will slow the body’s healing process that occurs while sleeping so it is vital to minimize stress on pressure points and aid spinal alignment.

Those suffering from allergies should select a mattress with hypoallergenic smart fibres and bug shield technology. Encourage a cool and dry sleeping environment with a mattress that includes ingredients such as Geltex or Adaptive fibres. There are a variety of sleep technologies available to ensure sleeping in cool, fresh and dry conditions.

It’s no secret that sleep is a vital ingredient to a healthy lifestyle. A good night’s kip not only leaves your bright eyed and bushy tailed, it also helps to improve your overall well being. This includes improved mental and physical risk health, as well as lower blood pressure, risk of diabetes and weight gain, all of which are scientifically proven to be a result of achieving regular good quality sleep.

 

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Source : Interiors Monthly