National bed month

Posted on: 03 March 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

We’re celebrating sleep, or the lack there of!

National bed monthWe spend a third of our lives asleep, and while that seems like a lot of time, I’m sure many of us wish it was more! It’s the key to a happy and healthy life and still baffles the medical community – as it’s still unclear exactly what sleep is for. We know it’s to rest, for our brains to compartmentalise the day, and we also know that we can’t live without it.

There’s nothing quite like getting into bed after a long day and there’s nothing worse than getting a bad night’s sleep. Brez, (a new natural device from boots developed to help you stop snoring) have put together a list of the top 10 gripes we have in the bedroom…

1. Snoring
2. Fidgeting / tossing and turning
3. Sheet stealing
4. Bed hogging
5. Body temperature (your bed-partner is either too hot or too cold)
6. Breaking wind
7. Cuddle rejections
8. Cuddle demands
9. Working in bed
10. Sleep walking

They also found that half of Brits sleep in the buff, men prefer cuddling and one in 10 adults still sleep with a blankie (what about a teddy bear?).

The research also showed that, with the advances in technology, we’re using the bed for far more than sleeping, and not in the traditional sense. 55% of Brits are watching TV in bed, 42% listen to music and 35% are using smart phones in bed. It’s no wonder some people have trouble sleeping.

So here’s out top tips for a good nights kip!

  • Silence is golden. It’s not one size fits all when it comes to sleep, but loud noises or television programmes will keep your mind stimulated and stop you from nodding off. If you hate silence then relaxing noises like ocean waves or bird song are good way of relaxing you.
  • Turn out the lights. Keep your room dark, but allow natural light to wake you, it’s a much better way to wake up than the alarm!
  • Keep your cool. Your body temperature drops as you go to sleep so sleeping in a cool room is the best for a good night’s sleep. Layer up with blankets early on, if you’re too hot in the night you’ll kick them off. Have you ever noticed that after a hot bath you feel tired? That’s because the energy your body uses cooling you down makes you tired, it’s the same principle.
  • No stimulants. Caffeine, alcohol and nicotine are all stimulants so all have the potential to keep you awake. Curb your intake as the evening wears on, then you should be worn out by the time you hit the hay.
  • Exercise. If you’re fit, healthy and unstressed you sleep better, so exercise during the day and you’ll have no trouble nodding off.
  • Midnight worrier. If you find yourself stressing before bed time then take a notebook to bed, rather than feeling you have to jump up and do that task now before you forget, write it down and then you can do it in the morning.
  • Get in a routine. It’s very tempting to have a lie in at the weekend and have late nights to make up for the fact that during the week you’re in bed by 9.30pm, but if you keep in an even routine you’ll find going to sleep, and more importantly getting up is easier.

 No when to get up. If you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep don’t torture yourself. If after 15-20 minutes you’re not falling asleep then get up, go into a different room and do something that will tire you out, like reading.

As it’s bed month (and not sleep month) we thought we’d look into the best types of beds. We found this great quiz from the sleep council, give it a go!

What are your biggest gripes in bed? Snoring, duvet hogging, fidgeting? Let us know below…

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