4. Reduce anxiety
When stress turns into anxiety, it can adversely affect how you sleep. If you’re feeling stressed it can help to write down what’s on your mind before you go to sleep. A warm bath before bed can reduce stress whilst breathing and meditative techniques or some gentle stretching as part of your bedtime routine can help to clear your mind.
Manage your stress by writing things down and try breathing techniques or stretching before bed
5. Keep a sleep diary
If you’re not sleeping well it’s a good idea to keep a sleep diary and note down things such as the time you went to bed and woke up, how well you slept, if you woke in the night, what you ate or drank during the evening and when, what exercise you took and when and if you were feeling stressed or emotional. It may help provide answers to why you’re not sleeping well and what might need to change.
Keep a note of your habits to learn about your sleep patterns
6. Avoid screens 30 minutes before bed
Darkness helps your brain to release melatonin, which makes you relax and feel sleepy and so light from a screen will make it harder for you to fall asleep because it tricks your body into thinking it’s still daytime. Screens emit lots of blue light so it’s worth trying not to use them before going to bed.
Try to reduce your blue light in the evening by not using screens just before you go to sleep
7. Watch what you eat and drink in the evening
Eating a large meal late in the evening, drinking caffeine or alcohol late can stimulate your body rather than relax it. Whilst it’s hugely important to stay hydrated, it can be beneficial to avoid drinking any fluids an hour before bed to stop you from waking regularly in the night.
Eat earlier in the evening and avoid caffeine or alcohol close to bedtime
11. What makes the perfect pillow?
The perfect soft pillow involves the harmonious marriage of comfort and support for your head, neck and shoulders. And the type of filling, whether it’s feather pillows, anti-allergy pillows or latex pillows, as well as the number of pillows you need depends on the position you like to sleep in, with the focus being to keep your body in perfect alignment. Read our handy pillow guide for further help and advice.
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12. Should I invest in good bed linen?
Bed linen is often be overlooked but it really makes a difference to the quality of your sleep. Good quality, luxury bed linen is breathable and will help keep you at a perfect temperature all night, and given we spend a third of our lives in bed, good bed linen is a must for improving the quality and enjoyment of our sleep. There’s nothing better than slipping into crisp, fresh, bed sheets to promote relaxing sleep. Explore our beautiful collection of bed linen.
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