Are You Being Cheated On In Bed?

Published : 2016-11-11 09:07:02
Categories : Veneta Blog Articles

Are you being cheated out of a good night’s sleep? The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School reports that the cost of not getting enough sleep can have profound consequences on our health and mental well-being.

I am sure we have all had those days where after a terrible night’s sleep, we have experienced a bad mood, lack of focus or fatigue the following day.

But, on a regular basis, if someone experiences lack of sleep, there can be more serious and severe long-term health effects. Not enough sleep can lead to conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension and heart disease, mood disorders and immune dysfunction. All of these conditions may lead to a shortened life expectancy and studies have shown that if a person sleeps five hours or less each day, it can increase the mortality risk by roughly 15%

So, with this in mind, what are the 6 simple steps you can take to ensure you regularly sleep well and feel rested when you wake up in the morning?

1. Avoid food and drinks that contains caffeine. As a coffee lover, I know that caffeine is a stimulant that can and will keep me awake at night if I have it so close to bedtime. So try and avoid drinks and food with caffeine such as coffee, tea, chocolate and soft drinks within six hours of your usual bedtime. This will help to send you off to sleep nice and peacefully. 

Also try and limit your alcohol consumption as it can help to bring on sleep, however after a few hours it starts to acts as a stimulant. This will not only decrease the quality of your sleep but also have you waking multiple times throughout the night. Where possible, avoid drinking alcohol three hours before bedtime, this should help to increase your quality of sleep after a night out. 

2. Make sure your bedroom is the perfect environment for sleeping. This is where Veneta comes in! Creating the perfect environment for sleeping is crucial and there are a few things you can do to make your bedroom a calming place for the perfect night’s sleep. Start by finding your perfect mattress and pillows. This is personal preference and can make all the difference! Next, you’ll want to block out as much light as possible. 

Try using blockout blinds for your bedroom windows and doors. This will also help with temperature control, especially if you use blinds with insulation properties. Lastly, as most people will know, try and limit the use of electronic items such as TVs, computers and phones in the bedroom. 

3. Find your perfect pre-sleep routine. Everyone will have a different routine before they head off to bed, however most people won’t be thinking about taking those few hours before bed to relax and prepare yourself for a restful night’s sleep. There are many different ways to relax the body and mind before bed such as take a bath, read a book or even try meditation exercises

The most important thing to remember when trying to relax before bedtime is to try and avoid getting yourself in emotional and stressful situations. Taking those situations to the bedroom will only increase your stress levels and decrease your quality of sleep. Image Via: LifeHack

4. Establish a consistent sleep cycle Most of us who work Monday to Friday have a pretty consistent sleep schedule. However, if you tend to break that schedule on the weekends you may find yourself struggling to get up for work on a Monday morning. To avoid this, try and go to bed at the same time on the weekends as you do during the week - this should help to avoid those Monday morning blues. 

If you find yourself sleeping in on a Sunday morning, don’t stress, we all need that extra recharge especially after a busy working week. Where possible, try and keep to your usual morning wake up time and even if you did not have a good night’s sleep, a consistent schedule will have your body prepared to tackle the day ahead and push you through to your next sleep.

5. Avoid food and drink so close to bedtime. Where possible, try having your last meal of the day several hours before you head off to bed. This also goes for fluids, however it is good to keep hydrated before bed but try not to overdo it, so you don’t find yourself waking up in the middle of the night needing a trip to the bathroom.

6. Exercise regularly. If done at the right time, exercising can help you to fall asleep and promotes a peaceful slumber. Try exercising a minimum of three hours before bed or if possible earlier in the day. Exercise can also help to send you off to sleep faster.

Not everyone will need all of these tips to help them achieve a restful night’s sleep. If you aren’t sure where to start, definitely give number two ago and make your bedroom a peaceful space that you enjoy relaxing in. And remember if it is light that is cheating you of a good night’s sleep, check out our range of blinds perfect for the bedroom and in 14 days you will be sleeping like a baby! 

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