Read our tips to help you get to sleep

Many of us will have started the New Year with a resolution to lose more weight, get healthy and perform better at work or school. But did you know that the answer to all those things lies in getting a better night’s sleep! Here are 5 tips to help you sleep better in 2015!

If you want to make 2015 the year you get healthy, then the amount of sleep you get at night plays a huge part in that. Read our 5 tips on how to get healthy with a better night’s sleep.

Make a plan and stick to it

First of all identify why you want to get more sleep. Do you constantly find yourself falling asleep on the bus to work? Are you too tired to concentrate on things? Do you spend most of the weekend in bed? If the answer to any of these is yes, then you need more sleep. Sleep is good for your physical and mental health, and it’s essential to living a long and happy life. Set yourself a goal to get at least 8 hours sleep at night, and write down all the motivating factors such as health, happiness or losing weight. Then it’s time to start!

Come up with some bedtime strategies

You can improve your night’s sleep by just utilising a few bedtime strategies. If you are trying to go to bed earlier, then you’re probably going to struggle to fall straight to sleep. Most people end up tossing and turning, looking at the alarm clock and stressing about how they can’t get to sleep. Avoid this by gradually switching your brain off as you lie in bed. If you can’t sleep, make a list of all the things you have to do the following day, or mentally “tick off” things that you’ve done that day. The mental activity of making a list will tire your brain, and help you drop off quickly.

De-clutter the bedroom

It’s easier to sleep in a nice tidy bedroom than a messy one. This is because your environment can very often influence your mental state. A confused or chaotic bedroom leads to a confused and chaotic mind. An organised and tidy room means an organised and tidy mind that is much easier to calm down at the end of a long day. De-cluttering the room also has a practical use. Dust can get trapped in heavy curtains, or under piles of books and magazines and make it difficult to breathe. Remember, a clean bedroom means a good nights sleep!

Get more naps

There have been a lot of stories in the news recently about the importance of taking regular naps, throughout the day. Even a 25-minute nap can leave you feeling more refreshed then 20mgs of caffeine or a heavy-workout session! Naps help to improve memory and your health, meaning they’re a great idea if you find yourself flagging in the afternoon. Don’t nap for too long however if you’re worried about disrupting your sleep patterns. Many workplaces are becoming more aware of the importance of naps and are factoring in naptime into their daily work schedule.

Eat Better

Many of us will have started a new diet this year to help us lose weight, but have you considered trying a sleep diet? Lots of foods contain vitamins and minerals that will help you get to sleep a lot quicker and for much longer. Eating more fish for instance will help to boost your intake of vitamin B6, which helps your body to produce melatonin, the chemical that helps you to get to sleep. We’ll be writing a blog on “the sleep diet” in the near future, so make sure you check back with us very soon for more of the best foods to help you get a great night’s sleep!

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