The Science of How To Go To Sleep Better

Do you struggle to get to sleep at night?

Despite sleep being so vitally important to our wellbeing, more and more of us are struggling to get those all-important forty winks when night-time comes around.

Sleep is imperative to our health and happiness because it is essentially the time when we can recharge our batteries and allow our bodies to rest and heal.

Lack of sleep can increase risk of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, weaken your immune system and also increase stress and impact your concentration.

Therefore, it is essential you get enough sleep in order to live a long, happy and healthy life.

Read on for our top tips on getting to sleep better.

Set a bedtime

Having a regular bedtime can really help when it comes to sleeping better.

Set yourself a bedtime and aim to stick to it each evening.

You should find that having a regular routine of going to bed/waking up at the same time everyday will help you fall asleep better, as it regulates your body clock.

Wind down with a bedtime ritual

Another great way to encourage you to fall to sleep more easily is by having your very own bedtime routine or ritual.

This could be anything from having a long soak in the bath to reading a book, practising yoga to meditating, or listening to some relaxing music.

These activities will help you to wind down and make it much easier to fall asleep when bedtime rolls around.

Create a great environment to sleep in

The environment you sleep in can definitely have an impact on how well you fall to sleep.

Ensure your bedroom isn’t too hot, as this can really affect how well you sleep, and make sure it is quiet with no distractions.

Things like having the television on when you’re falling to sleep can be really distracting and definitely don’t evoke the feeling of calm you need when it comes to winding down at night.

Also ensure your room is dark – invest in some blackout curtains so that there is no light to distract you.

Avoid caffeine and heavy meals before bed

Finally, avoid drinking caffeine or eating a heavy meal before bed.

Caffeine is sleep’s worst enemy, and large meals can result in indigestion, making it uncomfortable to sleep.

Try having a lighter meal at night instead.

author: Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a leading international and domestic tax consultant who specialises in solving complex problems. As well as advising on tax matters, Stephen also enjoys exploring topics relating to physical and mental wellbeing. You can follow him on Twitter at SColeclough.


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