Insomnia and trouble sleeping is one of the biggest burdens on our mental health. When we are tired, our minds simply do not work properly. Whether it is stress keeping you awake at night or if you are struggling to get into a healthy sleeping routine, we have a range of courses to help you get on track for a good night’s rest. In the meantime, here are some tips to get you started:
1.Get in sync with your body’s natural sleep / wake cycle
If you are able to stay in tune with your body’s natural sleep/wake cycle, then you will have a much better chance of getting a good night’s sleep. If you keep to a regular schedule, then you will feel much more refreshed than if you sleep at different hours.
In order to get into a rhythm then try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. This will help to set your body’s internal clock and will also optimise the quality of sleep that you do have.
2. Be careful with your exposure to light
Melatonin is the naturally occurring hormone in our bodies which is controlled by exposure to light and helps to regulate your sleep / wake cycle. When it gets dark, your brain produces more melatonin, which makes you feel sleepy. If you exposure your brain to more light before bed time, through the use of screens or bright lights, then it will take longer for you to feel naturally tired before bed time.
3. Watch what you wat and drink
What you eat throughout the day and especially in the hours leading up to night time can also have an impact on the quality of your sleep. If you are a coffee drinker, then you need to be aware that drinking caffeine can interrupt your sleep even after twelve hours after drinking it.
Avoiding big meals before night time can also help you to sleep better. Try to eat earlier in the evening and if possible avoid any rich or hearty foods in the two hours running up to bed time.