Good morning! How did you sleep last night? Do you feel rested and ready to face the day? How about your partner and children? If you’ve answered no, keep reading.
Don’t sleep with your phone
We all know we shouldn’t sleep with our phone, but we all do it. We are spending more hours than ever before aimlessly scrolling through it before bed time, or worse, in bed! Did you know there is science about why we need to put down our phones before bed? Artificial blue light is emitted from all digital devices (not just our phones) and this blue light messes with our body’s ability to secrete the sleep hormone melatonin and interrupts our circadian rhythm.
Ideally you need to put your phone away a few hours before bed (yeah…..right!) but if you can’t be without your phone, try using the ‘night-shift’ setting on your phone to reduce the amount of blue light emitted from your phone.
Ha! Get naked. That’s right! Apparently wearing any clothing to bed stops our body from dropping its core temperature to the ideal level for sleep. So while you may feel warm and snuggly in your pjs, that extra layer is stopping you from drifting off to sleep.
Sleeping in the buff will allow your body to cool down quicker, meaning you will be getting more sleep.
Don’t treat yourself before bed
Hidden caffeine and too much sugar will also have your body fighting the urge to sleep. Coffee, tea, chocolate, energy bars and drinks should all be avoided from lunch time onwards. Even one or two of these foods can alter the amount of sleep you are getting. Caffeine is a known stimulant and can be hidden in many foods and over the counter medicines. Also consider your alcohol intake in the evenings. Even though alcohol can help you drift off to sleep it will interrupt your recommended sleep pattern. Don’t believe me? Read this and it will explain.
Let me know your favourite tip to ensure a good night’s sleep. Are you a naked sleeper or like to be cosy and snuggly in all the layers?
PS. Here’s a post you may also like – 5 apps to help you sleep and relax.