4 ways to get a better night’s sleep

Our well-being relies on a good night’s sleep, right down to manageable tinnitus levels, but if life after lockdown is triggering stress it may disturb your rest. Loss of sleep affects your ability to reason, solve problems and think clearly, so a sleep routine is more crucial now than ever.

Posted Tuesday July 14, 2020

Wind down

  • Your body needs time to wind down at night, so put your phone away and embrace peace and quiet before you shut your eyes. Try listening to restful music or a podcast, take a hot bath, or try aromatherapy or essential oils.

Watch what you eat

  • Avoid anything high in saturated fat close to bedtime because your digestive system will work overtime to break down these foods, making it harder for you to fall into a circadian rhythm.

Create a dark environment

  • ‘Cool’ lights and lamps near your bed can make it difficult to fall asleep. These contain blue light, which is linked to poor sleep quality (as do some computer and phone screens). So consider filtered light bulbs in the bedroom.

Set a bedtime

  • Your internal body clock, or circadian rhythm, helps dictate when to sleep and when to wake. Avoid erratic sleep patterns and try to set a bedtime to regulate this.

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