We spend a third of our lives asleep and high-quality sleep is vital to our wellbeing. Anyone who has struggled with insomnia knows how debilitating it can be.
Here’s our quick guide to make sure you’re giving yourself the very best chance of a great night’s sleep using advice from experts across the Rutland region.
Establishing new habits to improve your sleep might take a little bit of time but persevere – it’s worth it for the chance to wake up feeling refreshed, revived and raring to go.
Words by Amander Meade
Ditch the Devices
Before we even start talking about beds – are you sabotaging your sleep from the very start? As difficult as it may be, detach yourself from your mobile phone or other devices. The National Sleep Foundation experts advise that you stop using electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime and that you place your phone a minimum three feet away from your bed. If you need to use your phone as an alarm, turn on airplane mode to prevent it from sending or receiving calls and text messages. If you’re worried that you may miss an emergency call, set your phone to only ring when certain people are calling, but still place it out of bed and out of reach — just in case you get tempted.
Create the right conditions
Make sure your bedroom is as clean and clear as possible. Remove any clutter surrounding your bed so that the space feels calm and peaceful. Give the whole room a good clean so that when you enter the room it feels like your own private sanctuary.