How many hours do you get a night? Not being able to sleep well can create terrible problems. Being deprived of energy during the day, and then finding it difficult to settle at night can affect your mind, body and general happiness. But there is help out there, and our five point guide might just help you on way to golden slumbers once again. Read on to see how little changes can make a big difference...
Check your bed
There’s no point trying to improve your sleep without looking at your sleeping space first. One of the most important things is to check your mattress and pillows. Do you wake up with an achy back or a sore neck? If so, the chances are that your bed isn’t giving you enough support, and you might need to trade it in for a better one. B&M have a massive range of new beds and mattresses that could give you the comfort you need for a good night’s sleep.
Together with a bed that allows you the sleep you need, new bedding can also help. Opt for bedding that is soft, clean and muted in shade. You want your bedroom to be a restful sanctuary, and therefore you should avoid loud colours or bright designs. Something like our Vintage Lace Bed Set - which comes with fitted bedsheet, two pillowcases and duvet cover - is perfect for setting a calming tone.
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A tried and trusted method of relaxation is to take a long, warm bath. An hour before bed, run a bath and pour in some Radox. While you’re doing that, go to your bedroom and light a lavender candle - the scent of this wild flower is well-known to induce sleep and reduce agitation and stress. After your bath, you can return to a fragranced room which is prepped for a good night’s sleep.
Avoid sugary, caffeinated or alcoholic drinks before bedtime. It’s recommended that you avoid tea and coffee six hours before your bedtime. To avoid any night time trips to the loo, try and avoid drinking anything two hours before you go to bed. However, if you want a calming drink, we recommend an old fashioned cup of Horlicks. This comforting drink is packed with vitamins, folic acid and iron which help you relax and aid sleep.
Turn off the screens
In the age of smartphones, computer tablets and screens at home and work, sleep has taken a bit of a battering. Staring at bright light sends a signal to our brain to stay awake for longer, making those late night chats on Facebook and Twitter a bad idea. Turn off your screens two hours before bed, and swap them for a book instead. You’ll notice a significant change in your tiredness levels immediately.
So, give our tips a go and see what a difference they make to your night’s sleep. And if you have any tricks and tips to help you nod off, share them with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
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