​What’s keeping you awake? (…and what to do about it)

Jan 17 2022

​What’s keeping you awake? (…and what to do about it)

According to a recent article published on Metro.co.uk, we get our best night’s sleep at the age of 24 and it’s downhill after that. From worries about work and money, to family stress and too much screentime, sleeplessness has become one of society’s biggest problems. There’s also a huge disconnect between our attitude towards sleep and our recognition of its importance – whilst most of us realise sleep is hugely important, only 14% of us get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night [1]. Whether you have difficulty getting to sleep or trouble staying asleep, there’s plenty you can do to get a better night’s sleep.

Quieten your mind

Stress is one of the most common reasons for lack of sleep. It is important to find methods that relax your mind enough to ignore your anxieties.

Try writing down everything you need to do and everything that is concerning you before you go to sleep and leave these thoughts in your notebook for the next day.

Banning electronic devices from your bedroom will also make it easier to quieten your mind. There have been many tests that prove that electronic devices in the bedroom or their use just before lights-off reduce the quality of sleep.

Turn down the heat

Overheating in bed can disturb your sleep. The ideal temperature for a bedroom is between 16 and 18°C. When your body is cool and rested, it triggers the production of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep.

Your body temperature naturally drops during the evening and as morning approaches, rises again, ready for the day ahead. This is all part of the shutdown and repair process. If you are waking up in a bog of sweat you need to ditch that high TOG duvet.

Become a creature of habit

Rhythm and routine are essential to a good night’s sleep. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day will help you establish a sleep routine and make the hours that you do sleep more productive. If you have to work unsociable hours, keep as regular a routine as possible in your sleeping and eating habits to help lessen some of the negative effects.

Needing a helping hand to nod off?

Wind down with Pukka Night Time Organic Tea, a comforting combination of oat flower, soothing lavender and silky-sweet limeflower blended with valerian. It’s perfect for easing restlessness and relaxing tension at the end of a stressful day.

Make sure you’re getting enough magnesium. Magnesium is important for heaps of reasons, including tiredness and fatigue, muscle cramps and sleep. A magnesium supplement can help to keep levels topped up. Try PrizMAG Magnesium Bisglycinate ; studies show that both magnesium and glycine can each be beneficial for sleep. Take two to four capsules daily.

A natural sleep remedy can also help. With B vitamins, magnesium, L-theanine, chamomile and lemon balm, New Nordic's Melissa Dream is formulated to help maintain a normal restful sleep and normal functioning of your nervous system. Take two tablets one hour before bedtime.

[1] Your ability to sleep well deteriorates after the age of 24 | Metro News