To celebrate National Wake-Up Well Month, Slumberdown has worked closely with independent sleep expert Dr. Neil Stanley to create the following top five sleep tips that will make sure you get a good night’s slumber and wake up feeling refreshed, well and ready for the day ahead:
Create a good sleep routine
Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day helps your natural body clock establish a consistent rhythm, and by sticking to it you’ll sleep better and wake up feeling much more refreshed each morning.
Make your bedroom a sleep haven
Create a restful sleeping environment by clearing clutter and making sure that the room lighting and temperature is set just right. It needs to be as dark as possible throughout the night and around 65° F or 18° C.
Invest in the bedding that’s right for you
Make sure that your bedding is suited to match your needs. Choosing the correct type of pillow or duvet could mean the end of those sleepless nights.
Wind down well
Wind down properly before hitting the sack and you’ll be rewarded with a deep, restful sleep. Before bed try to cut down on stimulants, such as coffee and tea and don’t over indulge in food, alcohol or cigarettes. Instead, try to wind down gradually by taking a long hot bath or listening to some relaxing music.
You also need to try and remove any worries from your mind before you go to sleep. Write down any worries you have and create a list of the things you need to do the next day so you can forget about them until morning.
Adopt good morning habits
Get out of bed when your alarm goes off instead of continually hitting snooze and you’ll establish a regular morning routine that will make rising much easier. Once out of bed open your curtains to let natural daylight in and pull back your duvet for 20 minutes to allow the moisture on your bed to evaporate.