November is National Sleep Comfort Month and what better time for a national celebration of slumber – the nights are getting longer, the mornings frostier and there’s not much that can beat staying in bed and snoozing your alarm for an extra ten minutes Zzz’s. So it’s time to strip off your stylish evening wear, slip into your comfy pyjamas, and get ready for the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had!
Sometimes the importance of sleeping comfortably can be shunned in favour of late nights – through choice or no fault of our own we’re all guilty of playing ‘catch up’ with sleep and this can have a dramatic effect on your behaviour and mood the day after. You’re left feeling tired, irritable and lacking in energy which isn’t good news if you’re a parent or have a full time job or worse; both!
If you’re having trouble sleeping then it’s definitely worth investigating in ways that can help induce sleep. Lavender oil reportedly acts a calming substance which can relax your body, helping you fall into a sleepier state. Try sprinkling a few drops on your pillow or on a tissue.
Similarly, malt drinks can be comforting and relaxing to sip just before bed; although the sugar in these can give you an unwanted energy boost so these should be drunk with caution. Additionally, a steaming hot bath with drops of aromatherapy oils in is a fantastic way to wind down, tune out from the stresses and have some much needed ‘me’ time to reflect on your day.
Atmosphere can play a big part in a bad night’s sleep. Try not to have a TV or computer screen in your bedroom – give your eyes a rest! Screens and electrical equipment can make off-putting low humming noises that can cause headaches. Some people find that a clock helps their breathing get into a slow, sleepy rhythm yet others complain of the noise so it’s really up to you.
Money worries are reportedly the biggest cause of sleep-deprivation which is ironic because during stressful times our bodies need more sleep than ever. Similarly, a new baby can result in parents losing 400 – 750 hours of sleep during the child’s first year. Trying out these handy tips and tricks (which aren’t too hard to adopt and add to your daily routines) could help you get the deep night’s sleep you deserve.