THERE is nothing worse than lying in bed, feeling exhausted, but unable to sleep, tossing and turning for hours. Removing electronic devices from the bedroom and avoiding caffeine late at night are all popular recommendations to assist in a peaceful night’s sleep, but there are other things you can do:
Get a routine:
Try and manage your day so that you get into the routine of finishing everything within 16 hours so you can have the all important eight hours sleep. The body clock thrives on regular habits so try and keep to the same bed time.
It can be easier said than done but try leaving your work or any big issues outside of the bedroom. Deal with the day’s problems in the day and put the day to bed before you go to bed.
Exercise and a healthy work-life balance is key to a restful night’s sleep but try and avoid exercise too close to bedtime as it can be too stimulating.
Don’t eat late:
The Spanish are famous for late night meals and eating late is preferable during the long hot summer months, but be careful what you eat. Big heavy meals do not aid the sleep pattern and can cause indigestion too close to bed.
Reserve the bedroom for sleeping and marital affairs and avoid watching TV or using electronic devices. This will help programme the brain in to knowing the bed is for sleep. Keep the room cool and dark for comfort and a better night’s sleep.