Monday, 7 March 2011
Top 10 tips for a better nights sleep
Did you know that more than 10 million people in the UK suffer from insomnia*? That’s almost a fifth of the country’s population...and I bet all of those are parents!
Last week I didn't have such a great time sleeping so my husband kindly offered to give me a nice massage and who am I to say no to a no strings attached massage?? Nobody that is who!!
My dear husband has a broken toe so for his comfort he gave me a back massage while we were both laying on the bed which meant I had to switch sides to get both my shoulders massaged. This resulted in me falling asleep on his pillow and I had a lovely night's sleep!
In the morning I figured that our pillows had been switched since we had changed the bed, so my problem all along was that I had the wrong pillow, something as simple as that!
If you are having trouble sleeping you can can try these top 10 tips to getting a better nights sleep:
1. Always get up at the same time - even at the weekend.
It might seem like you need a lie in to make up for the sleep you haven’t got, but to break a cycle of sleeping problems you need to train your body into a good sleeping pattern.
2. Avoid catnaps during the day. It’ll only make it harder to get into good sleeping habits.
3. Replace caffeine and alcohol with hot milky drinks. Alcohol won’t help you sleep properly. If you are having trouble cutting out caffeine, set yourself a time in the day past which you don’t have it.
4. Unwind with a hot bath and lavender bubbles. Both will aid sleep by helping you feel more relaxed.
5. Exercise during the day. Exercising at night will actually make you more awake and you’ll find it harder to get to sleep.
6. Get to bed at the same time every night. It’ll help your body prepare itself for sleep.
7. Make your bedroom a shrine to sleep. No TV, no reading.
8. Alleviate your worries. Try writing them down before you go to bed.
9. Invest in a decent bed. You spend a third of your life in it!
10. Don’t lie there frustrated. If you can’t sleep, get up and do something for a while.
If you are one of the many people who suffer from sporadic or regular sleeplessness, then new Kalms Night One-A-Night natural remedy could help restore your natural sleep patterns and offer relief from disturbed nights. It contains dry extract of the herb valerian, which is often used to help relieve stress, anxiety and sleeplessness due to its natural sedative qualities. As the product is herbal there are no drowsy side effects the next day, allowing you to wake feeling refreshed and ready to tackle work, chores or children!
Kalms Night One-A-Night is available in blister packs containing 21 tablets (RRP £4.99).
It is not recommended for children under the age of 18 or for use while pregnant or breastfeeding, for further information on natural remedies visit www.laneshealth.com.
*TGI Q3 data, covering April 2009 to March 2010
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