Top tips for a good night's sleep

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3 March 2017 | Lifestyle

March is National Bed Month, when the Sleep Council tries to encourage us all to get a better night's sleep.

Here are some top tips to help you banish restless nights in favour of some quality shut-eye.

 

Limit the time you spend in bed but not asleep

It's important not to associate your bed with sleeplessness - so if you find yourself struggling to nod off, take yourself out of the bedroom and into a relaxing, quiet space until you feel sleepy again.

Avoid food and drink at night

Eating a meal or snack, or drinking too much just before you go to bed can prevent your body from relaxing, ready to rest.

To give yourself the best chance to wind down, try and eat your evening meal at least 3 hours before you go to sleep.

 

Turn off the television

As noted by the Sleep Council, playing computer games, responding to emails on your phone, or watching a box set in the bedroom can all be detrimental for a good night's sleep.

It means that your brain is whirring instead of winding down - so try to give yourself an electronics-free hour before bedtime.

Set your thermostat ready for sleep

The temperature of your bedroom is pivotal for a good night's sleep.

As body heat peaks in the evening and drops to its lowest levels during sleep, the Sleep Council advises a temperature of 16-18°C in the bedroom - while temperatures over 24°C will leave you feeling warm and restless.

 

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