Many of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep. We try cutting caffeine and avoiding snacking late at night, we try to clear our minds as we get into bed, but still, sleep is elusive. Regularly not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling and looking tired as well as affecting both your physical and mental health. So, it’s important that you find out what’s affecting your sleep and make the necessary changes. Unfortunately, there’s no quick answer, it could be something simple like bright decor or a deeper issue. Many different things can affect your sleep. Here are a few of the more common issues and ways to fix them.
An Uncomfortable Bed
The first thing to consider is your bed. If you are finding it hard to get comfortable at night or waking up with a sore back and other aches, it might be time to replace your mattress. Perfect Mattresses can help you to sleep, support your back and they should last for many years.
If your bed’s comfortable, what about your mind? Many of us are kept awake worrying about our problems or anxious about something we need to do the next day. It’s normal to feel like this occasionally. But, if it’s a more regular occurrence, try to clear your mind before going to bed. You could do this by talking to someone about your worries or doing something that you find relaxing, such as reading a book or taking a bath.
Eating late at night, even healthy foods can stop you from falling asleep as your digestive system isn’t yet ready to relax. Eating fatty and sugary foods can also affect how well you can settle to sleep too. Try eating a healthy and well-balanced diet and avoiding snacks after dinner for better sleep.
Lack of Exercise
Many of us now work in offices or at computers at home. When we do go out, we drive even short distances and our days are mainly sedentary. This can mean your body simply isn’t as tired at your mind. Try to do some exercise every day, even if it’s just a 20-minute walk to the shops.
An Overactive Bladder
One reason many of us wake at night is to go to the toilet. This short trip can interrupt your sleep enough that it then takes a while to get back to sleep and you’re not getting as much deep sleep as you need. Changing your diet and cutting caffeine could help, but you may find you still need to cut your fluid intake after around 6 pm.
We often stay up late watching TV or on our computers, go to bed and then spend another ten minutes on our phones. This can have a hugely negative effect on your sleep. Try turning all devices off for an hour before you go to bed and leave your phone in another room overnight.
Getting plenty of sleep shouldn’t be a struggle. Try making a few simple changes to your lifestyle and if that doesn’t help, speak to your GP who may be able to offer further advice.