Many of us struggle to get off to sleep for a variety of reasons, and there are plenty of myths on activities that can aid the nodding off process. Here at Sleepy People we have outlined three activities to engage in which have been proven to help you get a better nights sleep.
Listening to Music
Listening to calming music to help wind down after a long day has always been fairly been popular, however according to new statistics released by streaming site Spotify, the amount people choosing relaxing music to help them off to sleep is on the rise.
In the first week of September alone, almost 12% of new albums uploaded to the streaming service fell under the sleep and relaxation category. Earlier this year Spotify said that their users created more than 2.8m sleep themed playlists of their own, with Ed Sheeran’s track Thinking Out Loud being the most popular among the playlists.
What is the most comfortable way to go about listening to music in bed? Sleeping with headphones or earphones would clearly be very uncomfortable, and your partner might not be too pleased to hear you playing out Mr Sheeran’s back catalogue on your speakers late at night.
Here at Sleepy People, we’re strong believers that listening to music or even an audiobook can help you to get a great night’s sleep and, as such, are proud to offer the innovative Sound Asleep Pillow as part of our collection of pillows. This fantastic product offers both an extremely comfortable pillow alongside an internal speaker (which, as you’ll be wondering, can’t be felt), which will allow you to drift off to your favourite artist. Only you’ll be able to hear the speaker, offering your partner the reassurance that you won’t be keeping them up all night with that annoying ’tapping’ that is known to come from headphones.
Long before we had the option of binging on episode after episode of our favourite TV boxset before bed, most read to help them nod off, and plenty of us still do, and there is good reason to. There is plenty of scientific proof that sneaking a quick chapter in can help us slip off into the land of nod.
As little as six minutes of reading can relax and ease the tension in the human body. Experts even suggest reading fiction is the most effective because the distraction of engaging in a fictional world may ease any mental or physical stresses and strains that may keep you awake.
After a hard days work often one of the hardest things to do is motivate yourself to exercise, however according to a recent study getting as much as 150 minutes of exercise each week can help people sleep significantly better.
The study taken by Paul Loprinzi, Assistant Professor at Bellarmine University said “increasingly, the scientific evidence is encouraging as regular physical activity may serve a non-pharmaceutical alternative to improve sleep.”
A sample of more than 2,600 men and women aged between 18-85 found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week saw a 65% improvement in sleep quality.
From these three proven examples, it is clear that any of these activities may well improve you and your families quality of sleep. It is also always good to keep in mind that your comfort is a big help in aiding all of these, and ensuring you have the correct pillows, duvets and bedding will go that extra mile in improving your nights sleep.