Struggling to sleep? How many of these common bedtime mistakes are you making?

November 29th, 2017

Nap -time

Waking up feeling refreshed after a great night’s sleep is something we all dream of. However, most of us are making common mistakes that are preventing us from getting top-quality rest - making us more likely to wake up heavy-headed rather than fresh-faced.

Neil Robinson, sleep expert at the UK’s number one bed brand, Sealy, reveals the five most common mistakes that are impacting our slumber, and the measures we can take to ensure some much-needed shut-eye.

1.    Technology in the bedroom

According to a survey by Sealy UK, a staggering 70% of us are using some form of technology each night whilst in bed, with almost one-in-three of us being disturbed at night by our partner using a mobile device.

As well as the disruptive notifications throughout the night from texts and emails, the blue light emitted by screens on our phones, tablets and TVs impacts our levels of melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone.

By allowing yourself a tech-free zone for 30 minutes before bed, you’ll prevent technology having a negative impact on your sleep and ensure a better night’s rest.

2.    Having a night-cap before bed

While a nice glass of wine might be an enjoyable way to de-stress at the end of a long and hectic day, alcohol can have a negative impact on our rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is often considered the most restorative stage of sleep.

While you may fall asleep faster after a couple of drinks, you’ll spend less time in your REM phase of sleep - meaning you’re more likely to wake up feeling unrested and drowsy.

3.    The snooze button

We’ve all been guilty of pressing ‘snooze’ on our alarms to give us those precious 10 more minutes in bed. However, by dozing off for those extra minutes, we’re preparing our bodies for another sleep cycle, which is then quickly interrupted - causing us to feel fatigued for the rest of the day that lies ahead.

4.    Sharing your bed with your pet

While it may be tempting to let our beloved pet snooze with us in our lovely comfy bed, this is actually likely to lead to you having a poorer night’s rest. Not only are pets likely to disturb you in the night, they can also bring allergens into the bedroom. This can cause irritation and inflammation of the nose, as well as breathing problems during the night.

5.     Having a messy bedroom

The environment in which you sleep can play a huge part in the quality of your slumber. While a comfy and supportive mattress is crucial to helping you rest, so too are your surroundings. In fact, studies have shown that those who have a messy and cluttered bedroom have a worse night’s sleep due to increased stress levels - compared to those that keep their room nice and tidy.

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