We all look forward to a good nights sleep, but for many of us, it’s just unattainable. Whether you have small children who just won’t give in, a 1, 3 and 5am wakeup call from your new born or you spend all night tossing and turning while your partner snores away, falling asleep is one thing but actually getting a good night’s sleep is a completely different ball game.
So what’s the solution? Before you give in completely and invest in the best concealer for dark circles, check out this helpful guide with 7 tips that will hopefully help you sleep better every night.
Night, night tech
All smart phones, TV screens and computers give off a soft blue glow. It’s this glow that stimulates the brain and damages your sleep; effecting its quality. An hour before you go to bed, turn off all screens and cover up the ones you can’t directly switch off. You can still keep your phone on, but have the screen facing down instead.
If you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to nap during the daytime, then try to limit these powernaps to just 20 minutes, set an alarm so you don’t overdo it and try your best to nap in the earlier part of the day. You wouldn’t let your toddler nap at 4pm – so apply the same rule to yourself.
Got a clock in your bedroom? Did you know that most sleep experts recommend not having clocks of any kind in the bedroom. Glancing at the clock every time you wake up or just checking it every time you try and get comfortable will set your mind off about how much time you have left to sleep and your plans for the day ahead. Either turn the digital display away from you or remove it completely.
Save the bedroom
As a rule, keep the bedroom for sleep and sex. Your bedroom should be a relaxing place, not somewhere the TV is on all night. Avoid sitting in bed and checking social media, online shopping or watching TV. Keep the bedroom a comfortable, intimate and relaxing space. Your mind will soon get the message.
If you’re drinking cups of coffee or tea just before bedtime then there’s no wonder you can’t sleep. But you also need to be wary of the caffeine hidden in other things we might be consuming. Chocolate, ice cream and yogurts, paracetamols and other pain relief remedies, double check what you’re consuming before bedtime.
Have a drink, rethink
We all enjoy a glass of wine on an evening, it might even make you feel sleepy before bedtime; a most welcome push into the land of nod. But be careful, once the initial effects of the alcohol have worn off, you might find yourself more awake then you were before!
Speaking of drinking…if you’re taking trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep afterwards, then try to not drink anything at least 2 hours before bedtime.
Carla is the founder of MyBump2Baby. Carla has a huge passion for linking together small businesses and growing families. Carla’s humorous, non-filtered honesty has won the hearts of thousands of parents throughout the UK.
She has previously written for the Metro and made appearances on BBC News, BBC 5 live, LBC etc. Carla is a finalist for Blogger of the Year award with Simply Ladies inc. Carla is also the host of the popular Fifty Shades of Motherhood podcast and The MyBump2Baby Expert podcast.