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Top Tips to Ensure a Good Nights Sleep this Winter

December 9, 2014

Despite the Winter season being a period of hibernation, with dark afternoons shortening our days, for many of us Winter can be a time of sleepless nights, leaving us exhausted. Christmas obviously plays a role in this; there is all the shopping and organising to do, it can be a stressful time. But apparently it also has a lot to do with the change in our diets and of course the huge change in the weather.

We may all be different ages, with different routines, in fact we all have different lifestyles, but regardless of these factors, all adults need between 7.5 and 9 hours of sleep each night in order to function properly and be healthy. Are you getting that? Probably not. So have a read of the below tips to help you get the  beauty sleep you need this Winter…

Turn off your phone and relax
Whilst it may be part of your night time routine to scroll through your Instagram and Twitter feeds (mine too) maybe a few nights a week try and go without. According to the Sleep Foundation we need to begin winding down a few hours before bedtime, but the light emanating from devices such as laptops and phones actually activate our brains, rather than wind them down. So why not put your phone away and get a relaxing bath followed by snuggling up with a good book.

No more caffeine before bed
I used to drink coffee and tea all day and all night long, right up until bedtime. A midnight coffee was normal for me. But about 12 months ago it really started to affect my sleep (probably something to do with getting older, tsk). It stays in your system for hours, making it difficult for you to sleep. These days I try to avoid drinking caffeine after 5pm, instead opting for either decaf tea or coffee, a hot chocolate, or choosing water over fizzy caffeinated drinks like Pepsi and Coca-cola.

Keep warm the old fashioned way
The English temperature can drop dramatically, and there is nothing worse than being freezing cold at night. It’s important to be the right temperature to ensure a good nights sleep. This doesn’t mean leaving your heating on its highest all night long. That would be bad not only for your bills, but your skin too (read more about that here). Instead, try layering up and why not try a hot water bottle? Put one in your bed about 15 minutes before sleepy time to heat up your sheets. Make sure your hot water bottle has a soft cover so you can snuggle up to it when you get into bed and it will keep you warm throughout the night.

Block out the light
Not everyone heads to bed at 11pm, some people are only just starting their shift. And with it being the season of parties, sometimes we don’t get to bed till the following day. Whatever your reason is for sleeping during the day, I’m sure it’s a valid one, either way it’s best to block out as much light as possible! A good way of doing this is with a decent set of blinds, like the Blackout Blinds by VELUX. Daylight can interrupt your sleep, or cause you to light sleep, which can lead to problems. VELUX blinds can block out all exterior lights, meaning regardless of what time of the day it is you can get the rest you need. In the meantime, try an eye mask.

Organise everything the night before
Not only do I get a little more time in bed, but I find that organising everything the night before enables me to be ten times more productive the following day. And by organising everything, I mean washing your hair, choosing your outfit, making your packed lunch, basically all the things you would normally run around doing in the morning. By doing these simple tasks the previous night, it means you are able to have a little extra sleep and a stress free morning.

Eat a little earlier
In the winter it’s normal for us to crave a good warm hearty meal in the evenings. But eating a large heavy meal not long before bedtime can give us an uncomfortable nights sleep; we aren’t letting all that food digest properly. According to the Sleep Foundation we should aim to have eaten at least four hours before we settle into bed.

Do you have any tips to getting a good nights sleep? Let me know in the comments below…