Feeling tired? Having trouble counting sheep? If you don’t get enough sleep each night, you not only risk a greater chance of getting sick, but also a whole host of emotional problems. Read on for our top tips to get more sleep.
Work out how much sleep is right for you
Different people need different amounts of sleep. While some may be perfectly happy with five hours, others may feel drained if they get less than nine. Test out different lengths and re-evaluate after two weeks.
Keep your cool
Being too hot or cold at night can interrupt your sleep. The ideal bedroom temperature is around 18 degrees Celsius, so test with a thermometre and arrange accordingly. Add blankets or open a window.
Eliminate all light sources
Darkness signals to your brain that it’s time to sleep. Make sure you clear out any sources of light, including the standby light from your laptop and television, and the light from your alarm clock.
Watch your mouth
Alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine can all be blamed for keeping you awake into the morning hours. Eating too much food too close to bedtime can also affect your ability to sleep — experts recommend eating your last meal or snack two to three hours before you hit the sack.
Keep a consistent sleep schedule
Routine is one of the best ways to keep your brain and sleep pattern on track. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every single day — even on the weekends.
Find a peaceful spot just before going to bed and listen to this meditation. Allow yourself to relax and unwind. Whatever has happened in your day let go.