How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Posted 23/10/2013 by BrightHouse Team

Can't sleepDon’t you hate those mornings when you wake up feeling like you haven’t even been asleep? Or those nights where you just can’t seem to drift off no matter how many sheep you count. We've been wondering about the best way of getting that perfect night’s sleep, and we've come up with these simple but effective tips:

Make a routine – One of the best things you can do to help you sleep is to decide on set times for going to bed and getting up. Going to bed at the same time every night can teach your brain to wind down and prepare for sleep much better, as well as knowing when it’s time to wake up and get going.

Allowing time for relaxation before bed is also really important. Do whatever relaxes you – take a bath, read a book, or listen to some soothing music. Writing down whatever needs doing tomorrow is also a really good technique for clearing your mind.

Watch what you eat – We all know how uncomfortable it is to go to bed on a full stomach – it can cause heartburn and indigestion, and can actually stop your body from being able to properly shut down and enter the right state for sleep. Fatty foods are the worst offenders for taking a toll on your digestion, and you can forget about having a drink as a night cap, as alcohol can actually reduce the quality of your sleep.

Try to eat early enough in the evening so you have a good few hours in between dinnertime and bedtime.

Tidy your room! – Having a lot of clutter and mess around your bedroom will keep your mind from properly relaxing. Leaving the washing-up till the morning will just make you feel guilty, and will occupy your mind in much the same way as work or family troubles, making it difficult to switch off at night.

So just stop putting it off and put those clothes away!

Get the right mattress – If your mattress is too soft or too hard then it can make it impossible to get a decent night’s sleep no matter how hard you try. The softness of your mattress should be related to your bodyweight, so if you’re heavier it should be firmer, and if you’re lighter it can be softer. This is just to ensure you’re getting enough support so there’s no strain on any of your joints or muscles.

A Memory Foam mattress gives brilliant support, spreading your weight evenly without creating any pressure points.

If you've be inspired to look for a new bed to improve your sleep quality then check out our great selection of beds & mattresses, as well as our other pay weekly bedroom furniture, all available on our low weekly payment plans.

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