Sleep and technology – Top 5 tips to improve your sleep

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Tip 1: No screen time before bedtime

We’re all guilty of it, whether you’re the kind to snuggle with your laptop in bed to finish that important report, stare at your iPhone and check the latest social updates or read articles on your tablet. The bright blue light emitted by LED screens disrupts your production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep cycles. In short, it messes up your sleep - and your health – big time! Experts advise to power down at least one hour before bed.

Tip 2: Invest in a quality mattress

It may not seem like it, but mattresses can contain some pretty impressive technology. Have you heard of micro-diamond infusion or advanced pocketed coil? Micro-diamond infusion is one the latest technologies, using diamonds’ conductive properties to move heat away from the body. With pocketed coil, every single coil spring is wrapped in a little bag, which provides enhanced “motion separation”. This is perfect when your partner won’t stop rolling over in bed. Clever stuff!

Tip 3: Listen to a bedtime story

Do you find yourself lying awake at night, thinking and worrying? When your brain won’t switch off, try listening to an audiobook that you’re familiar with to distract you and help you unwind. Relaxing music, white noise or other types of low-level soothing sounds can help as well. Try different methods to see what works for you.

Tip 4: Don’t hit snooze

Yes, we know, it’s all too tempting to hit the snooze button when your alarm goes off in the morning. You might think that the extra sleep will help you feel more rested but in reality, it’s quite the opposite. When you drift off again, your brain starts a new sleep cycle, quickly sending you in a deep sleep state. By the time the alarm rings for the second time, you feel even groggier than before!

Tip 5: Try a sleep app

There’s a few apps out there to help you fall asleep and monitor your sleep cycles. We’ve tried the Sleep Cycle App and it works like a dream! The app uses the accelerometer in your iPhone to track your movements in bed and determine which sleep phase you are in. The in-built alarm clock wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase so that you feel rested and relaxed. Really worth trying.