Many of us suffer from insomnia at some point in our lifetime. Some people can suffer with this problem for years whereas others can through phases of weeks or months.
The causes of insomnia can vary from stress at work and financial worries to medical conditions such as back pain. Insomnia can lead to further medical conditions if not treated; a lack of sleep can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.
Sleep deprivation can lead to a decrease in alertness and memory loss. Sleep is a vital activity for mind and body to function at its best. It is not only the amount of sleep you get that is important but also the quality of that sleep.
There are several methods out there for treating insomnia and we’ve out together our top tips for achieving a good night’s sleep naturally.
Develop a routine
This means getting up and going to bed at the same time every day, even at the weekends. Developing a routine will help get your body into a sleep habit, conditioning you body to follow a regular pattern.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol:
Caffeine and alcohol should be avoided at least four hours before going to bed. Caffeine is a stimulant that will prevent you getting to sleep. Alcohol may cause you to feel sleepy but will affect the quality of sleep.
Avoid sleeping during the day
Sleeping during the day can exacerbate the problem as it will make it less likely that you’ll be able to get to sleep later on.
Create a quiet environment
Ensure there is no television, laptop or any other electronics in your bedroom that create a noise. Your bedroom should be a haven, away from everyday noises and stresses.
Get enough exercise
Exercise is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle and will help you to get a better night’s sleep as it helps to relieve stress and will increase tiredness. However, exercise should be avoided 3-4 hours before you go to bed as it will increase your body’s core temperature and prevent you from falling asleep.
Choose the right bed
A comfortable and supportive bed can help to promote healthy sleep patterns and reduce the risk of your sleep being interrupted. An adjustable bed can aid sleep as it allows you to adjust your bed into a comfortable position to suit you. Adjustamatic’s built-in cyclo massage therapy system provides a deep, soothing massage aiding a deep and relaxing night’s sleep. Your choice of mattress can also affect your sleep pattern, the aveon mattress has pressure-relieving properties utilises compact pocket springs to provide support and comfort.