It’s not just a coincidence that all humans tend to sleep at night, it’s what we’re programmed to do. When it starts to get dark, light-sensitive cells in your eyes communicate this to your brain. Then, the hormone melatonin is released, and this initiates a series of events that finishes with sleep.
Now, modern life can interrupt this natural process, so there are certain things you should do to get you on track to better sleep.
Ensure your bedroom is dark, quiet and has a temperature of around 16 – 18°C. Don’t be tempted to drift off in front of the telly in bed, in fact, it’s best not to have a TV in your bedroom at all. Make sure you leave smartphones and tablets as far away from your bed as you can handle, too, so you’re not tempted to switch them on and mess up your melatonin levels with all that blue light!
Yoga, stretching and other gentle activities before bed can also help you prepare for better sleep.
There are lots of factors that determine how much sleep you need a night, one of them being your age. On average, adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a night to function at our best.
Having a bedtime routine will help you to sleep better. Find a routine that works for you such as sticking to a schedule, turning off technology and writing down your thoughts.
If all else fails and you’re still struggling to sleep and relax in general, we have a few products here at Holland and Barrett that could help you out. Ranging from valerian supplements to lavender sleep kits, there may be a product to get you on track to better ZZZs.