4 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep
There’s no denying that a good night’s sleep is great for your health. Lack of sleep can affect every single aspect of your life and can even leave negative long term effects on your health and wellbeing.
So, why is a good night’s sleep important?
Increases productivity and concentration
Reduces inflammation in your body
Improve your body’s immune function
A 2020 study from Royal Philips revealed that only 45% of Australian adults are satisfied with their sleep and that more than a third of them (38%) are dissatisfied with their sleep but are failing to take control or change their habits to improve it.
But how do you actually get a better night’s sleep? From comfortable sleepwear to a cosy sleeping environment, here are 5 tips on how to get a good night’s sleep:
Develop a sleep routine
Going to bed and waking up at different times each day can be incredibly confusing to your body. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time every single day of the week will help to establish a routine to your body. Your body will eventually be able to predict when you should be going to sleep and you’ll begin to feel tired.
Wear comfortable sleepwear
There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable as you’re trying to fall asleep. Try and wear pyjamas that aren’t too tight, as you can start to feel constricted, or too loose, because you can get caught up in them as you move around. Temperature’s also an important aspect of comfortable pyjamas, you don’t want to be too hot or too cold. Fabric plays a big part in this, fabrics like linen and cotton are great for hotter nights because they’re light and breathable. Whereas, fabrics like wool and fleece are great for colder nights because they’re thick and cosy. Just find pyjamas that make you feel comfortable, and you’ll be set!
Listen to something as you fall asleep
A problem that a lot of people have when they’re falling asleep is that their minds start to overthink. Most of the time it’s your brain processing what happened during the day, all of the things you have to do tomorrow or just general stressful things. A great way to stop overthinking is by playing white noise, nature noises (like the rainforest or ocean sounds) or even a calming podcast. These are great ways to get your brain to focus on something else that isn’t overstimulating.
Wind down from the day
Destressing before bed is the ultimate way to make sure you have a good night’s sleep. It’s recommended that you start winding down for bed about an hour before - this means turning off all electronic devices, having a warm shower or bath or having a non-caffeinated drink. It can also help to read a book, listen to some music or meditate right before you try to fall asleep.