Has worrying about sleep been keeping you up at night? Sometimes the greatest adventures happen in our dreams, but there’s a myriad of reasons why you might be struggling to get some shut eye! Sleep affects everything from our alertness to mental and physical performance, and even our health. At The Insurance Emporium, we want you to enjoy your passions energetically. That’s why we’ve put together our guide to getting a better night’s sleep!
Whether it’s your mobile phone, tablet or TV, whether you’re binge-watching a series, gaming or flicking through social media, we’re all guilty of spending too much time looking at screens! Excess light at night can affect your body’s melatonin level, the hormone that our brain produces in response to darkness to help you sleep. Being exposed to light can block melatonin production, so be sure to switch off well before bedtime!
Exercise can play a huge role in helping you sleep. If you’re exercising daily, you may find it easier to fall asleep which, in turn, might make it easier to exercise! However, high intensity exercise shortly before bed can have the opposite effect. Exercise raises your heart rate and body temperature, making getting to sleep more difficult. Attempt to do some daily exercise, but try to get it in earlier in the day, if you can!
Watch What You Eat
Both what you eat and when you eat it can affect how we sleep. Foods rich in fat or protein can kick-start your digestive system, potentially making it more difficult for you to get to sleep. Caffeine, while great in a morning, can stay in your system for several hours after drinking it, so limiting your daily intake could be beneficial. And while alcohol might seem relaxing, it too can have a negative impact on your deeper sleep cycles. Make sure you eat your evening meal several hours before bedtime to avoid affecting your sleep patterns.
Stress can be one of the main factors contributing to a lack of sleep. Have you ever been told “Try to relax”? It sounds well and good, but it’s not easy if you’re anxious or worried! Try to establish a period of quiet, wind-down time before you go to bed, with an activity that doesn’t involve screens. Rather than checking your social media before bed, you could talk to friends or family, read a book, or even write.
Poor Sleep Hygiene
You could be struggling to get to sleep because of a myriad of poor sleep practices you might have built up over the years. If this is the case, a few general changes could improve your sleep and have you feeling better overnight! Make sure to only use your bed for sleeping, and don’t be tempted to relax in it during the day. Establish a consistent routine; go to bed at the same time every day, and avoid lie-ins. And if you can’t get to sleep right away, don’t just lie there! Get up and leave the bedroom for a short while, to help you try and wind down again.
We hope this blog has helped you identify why you’re struggling to sleep! If you find insomnia is an ongoing issue, we’d always recommend you contact your doctor. At The Insurance Emporium, we provide specialist insurance to protect the things you love. From cameras to caravans and bicycles to bassoons, if you’re losing sleep over the things you love, head on down to The Insurance Emporium!
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