Sleep Routine & Reading before Bed

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We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, well at least that's what we should be spending.  Our previous articles have provided you with some tips on getting a good night’s sleep.  Sleeping trouble is a common problem, with a large percentage of the population struggling to get a peaceful sleep each night. So what can we do to change existing habits which may be keeping us awake at night?

Sleep Routine
Do you have a sleep routine that you stick to? A sleep routine is so important for a good night’s sleep. It isn't just about going to bed and waking up at a similar time each day, it's also about allowing yourself time at the end of each day to unwind, relax and forget about your stresses.  The majority of us lose sleep thinking about our every day concerns, jobs and things to do.  The trick is to take at least 30 minutes before bed to focus on calming your body and mind in preparation for a good sleep. Kick start your positive resting pattern by doing something relaxing before bed, such as yoga, a warm bath, meditation or reading a book.

The negative impact some lights are having on our sleep
Sleep is prompted by the secretion of the hormone melatonin.  What you may not know is that the production of melatonin can be suppressed by certain types of light.  Blue light, which is emitted by bright light bulbs, computer screens, tablets and smart phones could be the cause of your restless nights. Fluorescent bulbs and LED lighting are also known to emit blue light.  Many bedrooms do contain such forms of lighting, so to overcome this we recommend switching to a dim lamp or candlelight at least one hour before bed. It is important to avoid any form of blue light at least one hour before bed, allowing your body and mind enough time to wind down, relax and prepare for a peaceful sleep.

Why you should be reading before Bed
Reading is one of the best ways to relax, by escaping your own stresses and focusing solely on something else. Reading a book also has its benefits on your mental health, stress levels and memory.  A regular relaxing time before bed will calm your mind and cue your body for peaceful sleep. If you're used to reading books before bed then it acts as an alarm for the body and sends the signal that it is time to sleep. This will help you get peaceful sleep and wake refreshed in the morning.  Be mindful of your book choice; opt for something which will be enjoyable and worth reading but try to avoid those books which are known to keep people up until 2am reading.

We hope our tips will improve your bad sleeping habits and provide you and your family with a peaceful night’s sleep. Visit your local Bedshed store today where our friendly staff can assist you further in finding the perfect mattress and bedroom furniture.

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