Every magazine that you pick up seems to have another trick to help you sleep but if only one trick you try works for you then it’s always worth posting about.
In this months Woman & Home, they suggest that even if you do not feel tired going to bed and getting up at about the same time every day helps you to sleep better.
If you do decide to do a walk or short workout never do this late in the evening as it will pump adrenaline and you will find it difficult to go off to sleep.
Avoid large meals and caffeine two hours before you usually go to bed and try if you can to just read and not participate in anything on your screens.
Other obvious tricks from sleep experts are to try a camomile tea before you go to bed. Put your book if it’s on a screen to the blue shade to read. Have a warm bath with some lavender oil drops which can help you to relax. Spray your pillow with watered down lavender oil.
Be smart about napping as while it is a good way to make up for lost sleep, if you have trouble falling asleep napping can make it worse. For me personally, if I go for my afternoon rest later than 3pm then I find it difficult to go off at the usual bedtime.
They even suggest turning off or down your light as the night goes on as melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone controlled by light exposure that helps regulate your sleep wake cycle. Your brain secretes more melatonin when it’s day, making you sleepy, and less when it’s light, therefore making you more alert (I’ve not tried this one).
Get the right mattress, check out what are available from N: Rem Sleep System (put BACK PAIN BLOG in discount code for £30 off if you purchase from them). If all else fails then maybe a light therapy box would work for you (sorry no discount codes for that one).