Last Sunday marked the start of British Summer Time (BST), lighter evenings and hopefully warmer weather; but it has also meant one less hour in bed. This won’t be good news for the 25% of us who have trouble sleeping every night.
Experts at The Fine Bedding Company have got five top tips to get sleep back on track and keep it that way:
- Make the room as dark as possible. Blackout blinds can help. This helps to increase levels of melatonin, the ‘sleep’ hormone
- Keep it cool. No warmer than 17oC for a comfortable night. ‘Smart’ thermometers can control the home’s temperature room by room.
- Make comfort a priority. The Fine Bedding Company’s Breathe duvet has a unique climate control action, which keeps the body at a comfortable temperature all night long.
- Reduce ‘blue-light’ exposure. Commit to turning off any screens at least 30 minutes before bed.
- Seek out light in the morning. Invest in a ‘daylight’ alarm clock which works in harmony with the body’s natural rhythms and mimics the sunrise as you’re gently woken.
A better sleep routine will deliver results almost straight-away…
- Creativity. Hit the ground running in the workplace – a good night’s sleep makes a good problem-solver
- Happy. Emotions are easier to balance and we deal with stress more effectively.
- Healthy weight. Better sleep staves off cravings for sugary carbohydrates which in turn keeps energy levels consistent. Only clocking up five hours sleep or less can make you 50% more likely to be obese.
- Wellness. Kick bugs into touch and say goodbye to sick days. Lack of sleep suppresses the immune system and is also linked to high blood pressure and anxiety.