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Master the gentle art of sleep

July 07, 2023


A good night's sleep is essential for your physical and mental well-being. If you find yourself tossing and turning, try these tips to help you achieve the sleep of your dreams.


Eat, drink, exercise

Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking, swimming, or yoga on most days of the week. Just avoid exercising too close to bedtime, as it may increase alertness. 

It's best to stop eating about three hours before bedtime. This gives your body time to digest your meal but is a short enough window that you won't go to bed feeling hungry. Avoid caffeinated drinks for at least six hours before bed and instead opt for sleep promoters such as tart cherry juice, chamomile tea or peppermint tea.  


Establish a Consistent Sleep Schedule

Setting up a regular sleep schedule can work wonders for achieving restful sleep. Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day, even on weekends. This will help regulate your body's internal clock, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up naturally.


Create a relaxing evening routine

A calming bedtime routine sends a signal to your body that it's time to wind down. Activities such as reading a book, practicing meditation or deep breathing, taking a warm bath, gentle stretching, or listening to soothing music can prepare you for a peaceful slumber.




Stow those screens

Electronic devices emit blue light that suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. Not to mention that texting, watching television or scrolling are all stimulating, which can keep your brain on alert. Avoid using electronic devices for at least an hour before bed and turn off the TV.  


Optimise your environment

Ensure your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet. Consider investing in light-blocking curtains, earplugs, or a white noise machine to create a serene ambiance. A simple trick to remember is that if your feet are cold, you’ll find it more difficult to sleep. Warming them up with an electric blanket or hot water bottle will make it easier to drift off.


The power of perfect bedding

Ensure you have comfortable, supportive pillows and quality bedding. Your pillow should support optimal neck and spine alignment. Back and side sleepers find medium or firm pillows are best, while stomach sleepers benefit from softer, flatter pillows.  

The ideal mattress depends on your personal preference and body type. Side sleepers usually find medium to medium-soft mattresses comfortable, while back and stomach sleepers often prefer medium-firm to firm mattresses. All sleepers will benefit from using breathable and hypoallergenic bedding materials such as cotton, linen, or bamboo. 


In conclusion

Remember, consistency is key when it comes to achieving regular and restful sleep. It can take a while to break poor sleep patterns, but don't give up. From setting up a soothing bedtime routine to investing in high-quality bedding, each step can help you to wake up each day feeling refreshed and ready to make the most of life.