In what are currently uncertain times, you may find yourself struggling to get the rest you need. From long days at work keeping people safe, to rising anxiety and stress, there are many different factors that can contribute to a poor night’s sleep, which is essential not only for your physical health, but your mental health too.
But what can you do to improve your sleep and aid rest? Check out these quick tips to get started:
- Turn your clocks around – you don’t need to be staring at a time working out how many hours of sleep you are going to end up getting, that keeps your brain active!
- Avoid your phone before sleep – Did you know the blue light emitted by your phone lowers your melatonin levels? The lower these are, the harder it is to sleep.
- Keep the room temperature comfortable
There’s lots of small changes you can make to help improve sleep and make getting rest easier, and some of these changes can start in the bedroom. Did you know the recommended time to keep your mattress is about 8 years? Over time, wear and time reduces the quality of the mattress and the support it can offer you, which can lead to comfort issues when trying to sleep. Consider investing in a new mattress if yours has seen better days.
Whether you’re on nights or day shifts, keeping the bedroom dark helps create a calming environment to make sleep easier. Blackout blinds reduce the amount of natural light that is let in through the window and helps aid sleep.
What’s a good sleep?
Although sleep requirements differ from person to person, the recommended amount of sleep is anywhere between 7 and 9 hours, meaning you should try your best to make time to meet this as often as possible. But a good sleep doesn’t mean laying in bed with your eyes shut for 9 hours. If you find yourself waking up continuously throughout the night, you can severely disrupt your sleeping pattern, meaning your body and mind isn’t getting the rest it needs.
Are you new to night shifts? Check out our advice on how to deal with the night shift. It can have a big impact on your natural bodyclock to make sure you get the right rest is important when you’re out of sync with the rest.
Sleep and a good nights rest not only keeps you healthy and refreshed, but can keep you in a much more positive place mentally, meaning you can start the day the right way. If you are struggling with anything, just know that you’re not alone and there are others who will be feeling the same, especially when it comes to mental health in the NHS.