Getting Enough ZZZZZZ’s?

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Sleep can often be described as the holy grail amongst parent folk. If you haven’t entered into a battle of who is the most sleep deprived with your partner after having children or discussed how many hours you got the night before at the school gate then you may want to share your secret. But on a more serious note, a lack of sleep can be a huge problem to many people in today’s fast-paced society and it can be hard to get a decent night’s rest. So rest assured and feel empowered once more as here are some of the ways you can get more of the “ZZZZZ’s” back in your life.

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Use earplugs

Sometimes people struggle with their sleep because of rising noise levels in the night. It might be because your home is on a busy road, or simply you live in a noisy part of town. The answer isn’t to move home, unless of course, you want to. It’s about finding low cost solutions and sometimes using earplugs can provide you with the peace and tranquility you need for a restful night’s sleep. Noise can disrupt your sleep pattern, so if you can find a solution that works you may find you get more hours at night.

Switch off the technology before bed

Technology before bed can actually keep your mind stimulated rather than relax you. You may think that reading on a kindle, watching a YouTube video on your iPad or even logging into Facebook on your phone before bed is relaxing, but the light behind the technology screen is stimulating to the brain and this can keep you up at night. A good tip is to switch off all technology at least an hour before heading to bed.

Cut down on alcohol or caffeinated drinks

Alcohol and caffeinated drinks are also not that great for you if you are more conscious of getting a good night’s sleep. Both act as stimulants to the brain and can have the opposite effect of what you want. Alcohol can often be seen as a way of helping you fall asleep, and while this may happen initially you may find that you are wide awake in the middle of the night. Reduce the amount you have or even consider not drinking those sorts of drinks a few hours before bed. Choosing a warm drink as an alternative.

Keep your bedroom cool

Many people can find that sleeping in a warm room can actually be disruptive to your sleep, so instead make sure your room is cool and airy before going to bed. You could consider opening a window and letting some air in, or switching off any heating in your room at night.

Invest in a decent mattress

Finally, what you sleep on is very important so it is worth being mindful of investing in a decent mattress. Make sure you take the time to try out different styles, some prefer soft while others prefer a more firmer base.

Let’s hope some of these tips help you get a better night’s sleep.

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