There’s a close relationship between sleep and our health and wellbeing and it’ll come as no surprise to hear that poor sleep can have a detrimental impact on more than just your physical health. Sleeping well is just as important as having a good diet and exercise regime so prioritising it can do you wonders. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite tips that will help you to sleep well and feel well.
Keep a good routine:
Going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time each day will programme your body to sleep better as it regulates your body clock and ensures you are getting enough sleep to function at your best. This boosts your mood and can help you to retain a positive outlook.
Try to relax before bed:
Listen to some acoustic music, read a book, enjoy a hot bubble bath or try some meditation if that’s your thing. Having some ‘me’ time to relax and unwind before bedtime can help you fall into a restful sleep and also reduces feelings of worry to give you better quality sleep.
Shake off the stress:
In order to nod off to sleep soundly, it’s important to try and destress before heading to bed. Making lists or writing down tasks for the next day can help with this as it clears your mind and allows you to mentally offload all of your responsibilities before bedtime, freeing the mind for peaceful sleep.
Create a restful sleeping environment:
Your ideal sleep environment is as individual as you are and it’s worth getting it just right. All noise, light and temperature settings should be tailored to your personal preferences to allow you to drift off quickly into a peaceful sleep. It also increases your chances of getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night that you need to boost your immune system and wake up feeling refreshed and raring to go.
Make sure your bed is just right:
You don’t have to be Goldilocks to know whether your bed is right for you. If your bed is too soft, too hard, too small or too old it can be difficult to get good quality sleep. But you how do you know when your bed is no longer hitting the spot? Take our quiz to find out if it’s time for an upgrade.
More information on British Heart Foundation research can be found here.