Don't You Make These Common Sleep-related Mistakes?

in general 29 July 2016

Don't you make these common sleep-related mistakes?

Thanks to seemingly constant demands and jampacked schedules, sleep can sometimes rank low on peoples’ list of priorities. However, not getting forty winks every night can have a negative effect on health and wellbeing. If you find yourself tossing and turning at night and feeling tired and lethargic during the day, it could be that you’re guilty of making some of the following common sleep-related mistakes.

Not having the correct sleeping set up

One error that many of us make is not having our bedrooms set up in a way that promotes peaceful slumber. It may seem obvious, but if your mattress is lumpy, your curtains let in too much light or your heating is on full blast 24/7, you might not find it easy to drift off on cue. A comfortable bed and mattress, some blackout blinds and a well regulated heating system could be enough to help you to nod off with ease. And if noise is an issue, a pair of earplugs might be just the ticket. 

If you find that aches and pains are keeping you awake, beds with inbuilt massage systems might help you to soothe sore muscles. According to Adjustamatic, these beds can provide relief from a range of health conditions and help to relax your body and mind. 

Not sticking to a sleeping schedule

Failing to go to bed at around the same time every night can be disruptive to your body clock. While it can be tempting to stay up and sleep in late at the weekend, your body won’t thank you for this change in routine on Monday morning. For optimal energy levels every day of the week, try to adhere to the same schedule each night. Remember to give yourself adequate time to wind down before bed too. 

Using technology before bedtime

In this day and age, the majority of us use various forms of technology, whether we are sitting at a computer at work, immersed in a TV show at home or browsing the web on our phones or tablets on the daily commute. While you may feel at the mercy of tech during the day, the nighttime hours should be reserved for sleep alone. Studies have shown that the use of technology before bedtime actually increases stimulation in the brain, making it more difficult for us to switch off our minds. To lull yourself into a steady slumber, replace your tablet with a book or switch off the laptop and turn on some relaxing music before you hit the hay. 

Taking these suggestions on board may rectify your sleeping mistakes and allow you to enjoy an improved and healthy sleeping pattern.

The British Wheel of Yoga