Rest Fully With These Four Simple Sleep Hacks
Are you constantly tired right up until the moment you finally decide to hit the hay? Many of us suffer from sleeping problems, in particular, falling asleep and this is often due to factors such as a stressful day at work, not being able to switch off from the day’s events or restlessness. The truth is that lack of sleep or poor sleep quality can be detrimental to your health and wellbeing. But fear not, if you need some simple tips and tricks to help with drifting off, try these 4 Sleep Hacks that will make sleepless nights a thing of the past.
1.Drown out distractions
Ever feel like your ears become extra sensitive to noise when you’re laid in bed trying to get some shut eye? As humans, it is in our DNA to listen out for anything that could be a threat whist resting. This means we tend to hear anything that may sound unusual or pick up on sounds we may ignore at other times of the day. One way of dealing with this problem is to play some sort of calming background noise that will help mask other sounds that might keep you awake. This noise shouldn’t be anything too distracting or interesting (put down the iPod) but something that holds your attention just enough for you to ignore anything that may be happening just outside your bedroom window. Listening to white noise or the purr of a bedroom fan can often work wonders.
2. Set the mood with less lighting
Melatonin is a hormone our bodies release which makes us feel tired, sleepy and ready for bed. Exposing your eyes to bright lights can reduce the amount of melatonin that is released and delay the feeling of tiredness. Therefore, it’s a good idea to set the mood an hour or so before your bedtime, dim the lights and try to avoid looking at television, phone, tablet or computer screens. Your laptop and smartphone screens use blue light which is particularly bad for the secretion of melatonin so you want to avoid these devices as much as possible in the evening. If time away from your phone or computer sounds like a living nightmare there are apps that are available which filter out this blue light slowly throughout the day.