According to health professionals, the recommended amount of sleep an average adult needs is between 7 to 9 hours a night. And yet roughly 16 million UK adults suffer from problems with sleep. Be it insomnia or disrupted sleep. It appears that a lot of us aren’t catching enough z’s and counting sheep just doesn’t do it for us. So, what should we do in order to get enough sleep to feel fully rested and raring to go?
Why do people have trouble sleeping? There are many reasons why people have sleepless nights. Insomnia, restlessness, chronic pain, and sleep disorders are a few of the more obvious examples that come to mind. But there are countless other reasons, from having a young family to factors outside of our control. Being sleep deprived is a state of being that is shared with a lot of people. So, what can be done? Luckily there are many solutions to this question.
There are many tips to help with falling asleep, such as different breathing techniques. Having a winding downtime has proven to assist with sleep. Set aside 30 minutes to relax. Disconnect from any bright screen or stimulation. Reading a book and even dimming down the lights help with letting your mind slow down and relax. Having a set routine to go to bed and waking up again in the morning have also proven to assist with getting the recommended amount of sleep needed. For those who have trouble sleeping due to stress and anxiety, a very common cause, guided imagery is a very helpful technique to try. It’s as easy as lying in your bed, getting comfortable, and picturing a scene, be it imaginary or a memory, that you find comforting and relaxing. Combining this with relaxing breathing techniques, it’s a handy way of tricking your body and mind into falling into a relaxed state, which in turn makes it easier to fall asleep.
Each person is different, so there are no right ways of going about it. What might work for one person might not work for another. It might take a few attempts to figure out but fear not, you will find what works best for you.
Another big factor that affects people with problems with sleep, is the mattress they use. We spend as much as a third of our lives asleep, or at least in our beds, so having the right mattress for you is very important. The average mattress lasts from 6-8 years, so finding the mattress that best suits you and your needs is important, not just for helping with sleep. There are a wide range of different mattresses to take into consideration, depending on different factors; from what kind of material they are made of, to what kind of sleeper you are and what different needs you have.
Here at Highland BlindCraft, we have a variety of different mattresses to suit anyone’s needs. Check out our range of mattresses online at our website www.hbcbeds.co.uk or instore in our showroom.