How often have you gone to bed with good intentions of having an early night, but your body and mind has other ideas? Everyone suffers from a bad night sleep at one point or another, which can lead to a day or two of feeling tired, moody, and just downright irritated! If this sounds all too familiar, we have gathered some top tips on how you can reach the land of nod each night.
Sleeping Aids at Superdrug
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1. Get into a Routine
Do you remember when you were a child, your parents would make you go to bed at the same time every night? Well, they were on to something! Getting into a routine of going to bed and waking up at the same time will, over time, help you achieve a fuller night sleep. Most adults require around 6 to 9 hours sleep, so figure out what time you need to get up in the morning and use this to gauge your ideal bedtime.
2. Relax Before Bed
Going to bed stressed or worrying about the day ahead of you is a sure-fire way to keep your mind ticking over and preventing you from sleeping when your head hits the pillow. To encourage a better night sleep, wind down before you jump in between the sheets. You can try a warm, relaxing bath, read a book, or write down the things you need to do tomorrow to calm the mind.
3. Get Your Bedroom Sleep-Ready
Set your bedroom up to help you relax and settle into a good night sleep; you can do this by creating a calming atmosphere. Keep the room tidy, at a comfortable temperature and dark. Relaxing scents, such as lavender, can help set the scene while keeping things like earplugs handy will prevent you from being disturbed in your boudoir!
4. Can't Sleep? Get Up!
How many hours do you think you’ve spent staring at your ceiling when you can’t sleep at night? Laying in bed with thoughts racing around your mind will not help you sleep, so try getting up and doing something which will make you feel sleepy again. We don’t mind scroll through your phone or watch TV, but you can try drinking a warm (non-caffeinated drink) or reading a book to lull you into a state of tiredness again.
5. Track Your Sleep Pattern
Smartwatches and sleeping apps are a brilliant way to gather information on your sleep patterns and can, in turn, provide data that will help you set your ideal sleeping schedule.
Do you find yourself worrying over how much sleep you have had or not had? If so, a sleeping app or tracker will be able to tell you exactly when you fell asleep, how many times you were disturbed and even when you were sleeping deeply. It may be that you’re actually sleeping more than you thought, and this can help reduce your sleep-induced stress or anxiety.
Other fantastic benefits of tracking your sleep include being able to pinpoint your optimal sleeping time. Try keeping a note of how you feel when you wake up in the morning and compare these feelings to the time you fell asleep. The mornings you feel great could indicate you went to bed at the right time and the mornings you feel groggy, may mean you need to go to bed earlier!
If you are experiencing long term sleep deprivation or are concerned over your sleeping patterns, then always seek advice from your GP.