When did you last get a great night’s sleep? If you have to spend some time thinking about that, then this blog post is most definitely for you. The benefits of getting a great night’s sleep last the whole of the day long on the following day. Similarly the effects of not getting a great night’s sleep stay with us all of the next day too. Worse still, there’s research that suggests that it can take several night’s of good sleep to make up for one night’s sleep deficit.
Do you Prepare for Bed?
The 5 P’s saying, ‘Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance’, applies to sleep as much as it does to any other situation. You can dramatically improve the prospects of a good night’s sleep by preparing for bedtime a few hours before you actually go to settle down. Read on for our top 5 tips for preparing for a great night’s sleep.
- Make Your Bed Look Inviting – A well made bed that looks pristine, seems to invite you in. It’s time to dig out your best bedding and make your bed look as inviting as possible. If the bedroom needs a tidy-up, this is the time. Obviously, this is something to be done earlier in the day, you certainly don’t want to wait until bedtime to start ironing a duvet cover! Ironing is probably the nation’s least favourite of household chores, but you’ll appreciate the effort come bedtime. If you’re bedding is of an uncertain age and isn’t going to look inviting no matter how much time you spend ironing it, you’ll find some gorgeous bedding sets here at Sleepy People that will bring some chic to your bedroom.
- Think Happy Thoughts – OK so you’re probably thinking that this is a bit of a silly suggestion, but there’s definitely method in the madness. A recent article by The Huffington Post, 21 Great Quotes to Read Before Going to Sleep provides more background to this idea, but the essence of it is that our mood affects how well we sleep. Reading positive quotes before bedtime will only take a couple of minutes and could help you achieve that great night’s sleep, so what do you have to lose?
- Have a Soak in the Tub – There’s nothing like slipping into a freshly made bed after you’ve had a nice soak in the bath. You can also try adding some lavender bath oils into the water to help you relax and unwind. If you fancy a really luxurious bath, why not try adding a Lush Bath Bomb to the water.
- Turn Off the Tech – You may not be aware, but the blue backlighting used on nearly all LED and LCD screens has similar properties to daylight. Our bodies are programmed to be more alert during daylight and so use of laptops, tablets and phones close to bedtime could actually prevent your body from winding down and becoming ready for sleep. Give yourself a better chance of a great night’s sleep by not using your tech devices for at least one hour before you settle down to sleep.
- Avoid Caffeine – Most people will be aware that drinking coffee and tea as well as soft drinks that contain caffeine close to bedtime isn’t a great idea. What most people are unaware of is just how long caffeine stays active in your system. The answer is an incredible 8-14 hours! A good precaution to try if you have had a few sleepless night’s is to not drink any caffeinated drinks after lunchtime. This should give ample time for the caffeine to be out of your system before you got to bed.
So there we are, 5 tips to help you prepare for a great night’s sleep. If you have any tips you’d like to share or if you have tried our 5 top tips, please share your experience by leaving us a comment.