Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Seven Steps to Better Sleep

Sleep is one of life's essentials and good sleep can make you feel healthier and happier, which is why it's essential to make changes if you're not sleeping well. Take a look at these seven steps to a better night's sleep and make sure you make the most out of your down time.
1. Stick to a Schedule
If you find sleep difficult then ensure you stick to the same schedule at all times. Going to bed and waking up at the same time, even on weekends, will help train your body clock to know when it's ready for sleep and make it easier for you to drop off.
2. Food and Drink
It's not a good idea to go to bed feeling very hungry or very full so try to eat around three hours before you got to bed, even if it's something very small like half an apple. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and other stimulants as these will also make sleep more difficult.
3. Make a Ritual
Babies and toddlers tend to undergo a sleep ritual each night before going to bed, which usually involves a warm bath and a story. Set up your own ritual before you go to bed like taking a bath or shower, reading or listening to relaxing music. This will help you get into the correct frame of mind for sleep.
4. Be Comfortable
If you're sleeping in an uncomfortable bed or a chaotic atmosphere it can really affect how well you rest. Invest in a good quality mattress like Sealy, Silentnight or Myers mattresses which are designed to evenly distribute weight and ease joint pressure. If your bedroom is messy and disorganised then take time to get it in order as this will help you feel more relaxed when you go to bed.
5. Get Physical
Physical activity will not only make you fitter, it will also help you sleep better at night. Try to be active for at least thirty minutes every day but don't exercise right before you go to bed. However, you could try taking a walk in the evening a couple of hours before you plan to sleep.
6. Avoid Daytime Sleeping
When you don't sleep at night it can be tempting to take a nap during the day, but it's best to avoid this if you want to establish a regular sleep routine.
7. Manage Stress
If stress is keeping you awake at night then make small steps to combat the things that are worrying you, like taking time to get organised, delegating tasks to family members or at work and taking a break if you need one.
So before you resort to sleeping tablets then try these tips to help give you a better night's sleep.
Phillip Morris would like to invite you to experience a sound nights sleep.
Sleep is vital to our wellbeing, both mentally and physically. One of the most overlooked consumer goods on the market is the mattress and that is a tragedy. A good mattress can change your life, your mood will improve, your sleep will improve, your body will improve and your posture will improve.
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