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Sick and Tired of Feeling Tired? Tips for Better Sleep

We all know how stressful lack of sleep can be; getting through the day becomes much tougher. You struggle to think straight and all you want is a nice lie down!  Follow our tips for some natural solutions.

Aside from irritability, there can be long term health consequences to not sleeping enough. It’s been linked to the following conditions:

  • obesity
  • depression
  • colds & flu
  • diabetes
  • heart disease

Making sure you sleep enough will make you feel so much better and protect your health. So how can you stop insomnia from creeping in?

Don’t get hooked on sleeping pills – try these natural solutions

Many people rely on sleeping pills to get to sleep at night, whether they’re prescribed or over-the-counter. However, medication will only work in the short term and you can end up becoming reliant. This makes overcoming sleeplessness even more difficult as the pills become less effective over time. Sleeping pills also have nasty side effects such as dizziness, depression and an inability to concentrate. Before you resort to medication it’s best to try as many natural solutions as possible, such as our Sleeply Deeply range of products.

Wake up lights bring dawn into your room

Stick to a routine so that your sleep cycles stay regular. This means going to bed and getting up at the same time every day (even on weekends!). Make sure that the time you choose to go to bed is late enough that you’ll feel properly tired and avoid trying to force yourself to drift off. A lot of people find using wake up lights useful for this as they wake you up gently and naturally no matter what time it is. 

Cut out blue light from electronics

Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol late at night, as these will keep you up. The screens of smartphones, computers and tvs have a similar effect as the light they emit stimulates your brain. A good idea is to stay away from electronic devices for an hour or so before bed. The perfect chance to catch up on those books you’ve been meaning to read! If you need to be in front of a screen, try a set of computer glasses. These glasses are specially designed to filter out blue light.

Check your sleeping environment

Make sure your sleeping environment is cosy and inviting and don’t spend time in the bedroom for activities that aren’t sleep-related. A warm bath or some light yoga exercises can help your body to prepare itself for sleep. To stop a restless mind, try creating a to-do list before bed so that you’re not suddenly struck by little things you’ve forgotten about. And don't forget about bedding! Being too hot, too cold or just plain uncomfortable in bed will stop you sleeping.