How to get a better night’s sleep.
Here are 4 tips for improving sleep hygiene and overcoming insomnia:1. Listen to your body
Your body’s internal clock provides signals for when it’s ready to go to sleep. Make sure you listen to it. Go to bed when your body signals to you that it’s tired. And likewise, don’t go to bed unless you ARE tired.
2. Improve your sleeping environment
Buy a good mattress and pillow. Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet and the right temperature. A temperature between 16 and 18°C is ideal.1,3
If you can’t control the noise or light in you room, try using some ear plugs or an eye mask.
3. Chill out
Before you go to bed, avoid stressful, stimulating activities like doing work or discussing emotional issues. These things can cause your body to secrete the stress hormone ‘cortisol’, which is associated with increased alertness.3 If you tend to take your problems to bed, try writing them down and putting them aside.4
Do a few things that you find relaxing 1 to 2 hours before bed. For example:
- Take a bath (the rise, then fall in your body temperature promotes drowsiness).5
- Read a book
- Do gentle stretching exercises
Avoid alcohol, coffee and tobacco in the evening. These can affect your ability to sleep.74. Switch off devices
Switch off your devices one hour before bed. Texting and checking e-mail or social media before bed can keep you awake for longer.
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1. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/sleep-hygiene accessed 15 July 2019.
2. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/sleep-hygiene accessed 15 July 2019.
4. https://sleep.org/articles/temperature-for-sleep/ . accessed 25 June 2019.
5. Hirotsu C et al. Sleep Sci. 2015 Nov; 8(3): 143–152.
6. https://www.une.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/10629/sleep-with-ease.pdf accessed 15 July 2019.
7. http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/getting/overcoming/tips accessed 15 July 2019.