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Ultimate Guide To A Better Night’s Sleep

Ultimate Guide To A Better Night’s Sleep

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Do you get enough sleep? If not, you are in good company – and it could be damaging your health. According to a recent report, British people just aren’t sleeping enough, and we could, on average, be losing a whole night’s kip every week.

There are an enormous number of ways sleep deprivation can damage us, too. It has links with cancer, depression, and high blood pressure – so it’s important that we start redressing the balance. But, how can you get more sleep when you are leading a super-busy lifestyle? Well, these tips are a good a place to start as any!

Shut out noises

Are there sounds happening outside that disturb your sleep? If so, try some earplugs. If you have young children, of course, then this might not be the best idea. Lack of sleep is, after all, just one of those things you have to suck up when you have kids. But, if there are noises outside, you can think about installing double – or triple – glazing to shut them out. Also think about upgrading your blinds or curtains to keep external light out.

Use a sleep monitor

I like the idea of comparing a sleep monitor with finding out your credit score. You know something is wrong, but you don’t know what it is until you take the plunge and find out. Sleep monitors will tell you all you need to know about how you are sleeping, from the amount of REM sleep you enjoy to the number of times you wake. Once you start to see the patterns, you can start working out where your problems lie – and then deal with them.

Comfort

The vast majority of us sleep in unsuitable beds. Mattresses could be too hard, or too soft. They could be bumpy, or full of bed bugs. The thing is, your problems won’t go away until you address what is causing the problem. The answer? Look into getting a new mattress or bed frame. Take your time to choose your best fit, and speak with experts to help you make your decision. It’s not about how much money you spend, either. Sure, looking at Hypnos beds might well be your best bet if you are after luxury. But, it might be worth investigating the simple futon, too.

Turn everything off

Make sure you turn off your phone alarms and notifications a couple of hours before you go to bed. Try to avoid watching too much TV or staring at a computer screen, too. Each of these activities can stimulate your brain, meaning you spend longer getting to sleep. It’s also advisable to keep your bed for sleeping only. When you watch TV or read books, it becomes something else other than a place of rest. Your brain needs training so that when you go to bed, it knows it is time to sleep.

Wake up earlier

Waking up earlier may seem ridiculous when you are trying to get more sleep. But, some studies suggest it is a sensible thing to try if you are struggling to get enough quality sleep. Try it for a few days, and you will start to feel more tired earlier in the evening – just make sure you start retiring as soon as this feeling kicks in!

Do you have any tips for getting a better night’s sleep? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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