If you have trouble going to sleep, or staying asleep through the night, you’re not alone. Almost 40% of the population suffers from some type of insomnia. Here are some tips for making your environment, and your body, ready for a great night sleep.
1. You need to make sure that your bedroom is ready for your sleep. Your bedroom should be calm and relaxing. Your mattress should be comfortable and your bed clothing shouldn’t make you hot or cold. Block out all noise and light so that it’s a dark, quiet room.
2. Use your bedroom only for sleeping and for sex so that you associate your bed with rest and pleasure only.
3. Don’t steal sleep from yourself. Many people will stay up an hour later, thinking it doesn’t make that much of a difference in their sleep. But the sleep that you get before midnight is actually quite important for keeping your immunity up.
4. Taking naps and staying in bed longer on the weekend doesn’t really help. As Professor Colin Espie, a sleep specialist at the University of Oxford said, “Lie ins and long naps at the weekend disrupt our body clocks which could disrupt our sleep in the long term by making it harder to sleep at night during the week.”