3 tricks for better sleep

If you struggle to get the shuteye you need, there is help at hand. Instead of suffering through lack of sleep, here are three tricks that should make it easier for you drift off into a dreamland once you’re in between the sheets.

1. Create the perfect setup

Your bedroom plays an important part in your ability to get a good night’s sleep. In general, the room itself should be dark, quiet and cool, and if you can, keep the space tidy and clutter-free to help maintain a relaxing and calming environment where you can unwind before it’s time for lights out. Moreover, sleeping on an uncomfortable, sagging mattress between old, worn sheets is likely to get in the way of you enjoying decent slumber, so if your current sleep situation is less perfect, now could be the time to do some shopping. You could swap your mattress for one that is firm and supportive, and you could treat yourself to some plump pillows and luxuriously soft bed sheets.

To take your bedroom setup to the next level, you could even replace your entire bed. For maximum comfort, you could choose a model that has an inbuilt massage function, like the adjustable beds from Adjustamatic. These beds are designed with unique NHC Cyclo-Therapy technology, which uses rotations and pulsations to make you feel relaxed and help you drift off more easily.

2. Adjust your sleeping posture

Did you know that the position you lie in at night could be scuppering your chances of getting the sleep you need? If you often wake up feeling achy and sore, it could be that your sleep stance is to blame. So that you can snooze soundly and rise the next morning feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead, you could try adjusting your sleeping position. For example, if you tend to snooze on your back, position a pillow under your knees so that your back can maintain its natural curved shape while you’re asleep. Making alterations to how you lie in bed could help you sleep more soundly night after night.

3. Cut back on the caffeine

Although you may rely on a cup of tea or coffee to help you wake up of a morning, it shouldn’t be your choice of drink later on in the day. Caffeine is a stimulant and its effects can take a long time to wear off in your body, preventing you from falling asleep easily. So to avoid lying awake at night, you should try to cut back on your caffeine intake. You could drink water, fruit juices or herbal teas instead.

By putting these simple tricks into practice, you should be able to enjoy a better quality of sleep.

Author: Rachael

I'm a journalist and creative consultant. I write about how busy women (just like you) can live, work and eat - better.

23 thoughts on “3 tricks for better sleep”

  1. I’ve been struggling with sleep lately, so these are some great tips! I never drink caffeine in the evening as I’d be awake all night. Definitely need to work on creating the right ambience though and having a nice relaxing room!

  2. I am lucky that I sleep can usually fall asleep really easily and only have trouble if I am stressing over something. My husband is the one who has trouble sleeping so will show him this x

  3. I recommend using lavender oil on the bed and listening to audio books very quietly, you’ll be asleep in no time.

  4. I cut out caffeine entirely and it doesn’t work that easy, it helps but it isn’t a cure x

  5. I am definitely going to try out no.2 tonight – I always wake up in pain

  6. What a fantastic, much needed post- I sleep so badly. Will try switching my posture and see if that helps xxx

  7. Great post, yesterday I had endless coffees so hardly surprising I got little sleep last night, opsy. I will take note of these tips!

  8. Do you have anything to take away bad dreams. I’m terrible for dreaming and it’s very stressful sometimes. Thank you for sharing your tips I may try them and maybe that will help xx

  9. Great tips, I have stopped buying caffeinated drinks for the house now so unless we are out we only drink decaffeinated x

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