Read our tips to help you get to sleep

“I don’t like Mondays,” sang the Boomtown Rats, and according to the latest research it would seem that almost 10% of Brits agree with them, so much so that it’s preventing them from getting to sleep. In this blog we look at 3 solutions to get yourself to sleep, even when you’re facing a busy day at work.

Picture the scene, it’s 12:30 in the morning and you’ve been struggling to get to sleep for the last hour and a half. You’ve had a nice relaxing weekend, and you really want to get to sleep because you’ve got work in the morning. But thinking about the mountain of paperwork on your desk from Friday is only keeping you awake longer! What are you going to do?

This is a surprisingly common scene across the UK, with a recent study suggesting that almost 10% of us are being kept awake on a Sunday night, because of work-related stress. It’s even been given a name – “Sunday Night Insomnia” – and it’s bad news for our health and for our work performance.

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to your physical and mental health. If you don’t get the right amount of sleep it can leave you demotivated, stressed, hungry and of course tired.

So, how can you combat the Sunday Night Insomnia, and come up smiling on Monday morning?

We’ve written 3 tips to help you improve your Sunday night sleeping patterns.

Clean the Bedroom

Having a tidy bedroom is one way of helping to improve your sleep. Take advantage of those lazy Sunday afternoons to tidy away any messy clothes, books, magazines or dust that has accumulated in your room throughout the week. Having a nice, clutter free bedroom will ensure that you have a clutter-free mind. Plus, having a good clear round will take your mind off work.

Have a Pre-Bed Snack

Whilst it’s not advisable to eat a full meal before bed, there are a number of foods that can help you sleep if eaten shortly before bed. We’ve written a blog about 5 foods to have before bed, and 5 to avoid, which you can read here, but if you’re in a hurry then we suggest snacking on a banana before you turn in for the night. Bananas are rich in magnesium and potassium, which act as muscle relaxants, and they also contain high levels of vitamin B6 that can help increase your relaxation.

Come Up With Coping Mechanisms

Sometimes it can be difficult to “switch off” when you get into bed. Make sure that the room is not too hot or cold, and that the lighting is low and unobtrusive. If you find yourself tossing and turning then try not to stress about not getting to sleep. This will only make it harder to drop off. Instead, focus your mind on a dull or monotonous task. Read a chapter of a book, count up to 1000 or play mental games to tire out your brain. You’ll find that you’re able to switch off a lot quicker, and it will prevent you from clock watching all night. And under no circumstances think about work!

Following these tips, and the others that we have in previous blogs, will help you to relax and get much more sleep on a Sunday night, meaning you’ll wake up refreshed and ready to face the week!

 

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