First up, meditation. There are plenty of free apps available that can help with guiding you into a relaxed state, maybe not all the way to sleep, but certainly relaxed enough for sleep to be a more achievable aim. The longer the meditation, the more likely you are to fall asleep, just make sure that you take deep breaths, really concentrate on them and relax your whole body in the process.

 

Next, it’s important to address your daytime habits. Are you napping in the afternoon? This can have a big effect on your sleep-wake cycle so eliminate any naps during the day. Maintain a regular cycle so that you wake and go to bed at the same time every day, even at the weekends, to train your body into sleeping at night. And make sure that you exercise. A lot.

 

There is some evidence to suggest that tricking your brain into thinking that you want to stay awake can have the opposite effect. Putting too much effort into trying to go to sleep makes the brain much more aroused and engaged, making sleep much more difficult. Instead, keep your eyes open and tell yourself that you want to keep them open for just a little while longer. You might find that sleep washes over you before you know it.

 

If you have any books on your reading list, now is the time to get them out and get stuck in. Nine times out of ten, your eyes will start to feel heavy and reaching the end of the chapter might start to feel like a monumental effort.

 

Finally, if you just can’t sleep no matter what, get up. There is nothing more prohibitive to sleep than lying in bed worrying about it, so get up and do something productive to use the time in a better way. Write down any thoughts from the day or plans for the week and make yourself feel as though you have accomplished something.

 

If you would like to find out more about how a REM-Fit MattressREM-Fit Sleep Monitoring technology or Zeeq Smart Pillows can help you to get a better night’s rest, please get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 020 8731 0020 or email us via sales@rem-fit.co.uk.  

 

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