How Do I Get a Great Night's Sleep This WinterWell-being
It probably doesn’t need to be said, but getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important. Not only does the amount of sleep you manage to get directly affect your productivity the next day, but sleep is very important for your health, too. This is particularly important during the winter, when the lack of light can interfere with your circadian rhythm and make getting rid of illnesses much harder.
But despite the importance of getting a great night’s sleep, it can be very difficult. Sometimes we have stress and responsibilities that keep us from falling into a deep enough sleep, other times we just don’t have time required to get a great night’s sleep. In order to help you get that all important good night’s sleep, Dial a Mattress have put together this handy how-to-guide.
Get the Temperature Right
The first thing you should think about is the temperature. Whether you have a single bed, a memory foam mattress, or a king size bed, the thing that most dictates the quality of your sleep is the temperature of your body at bed time.
According to webMD, body temperature tends to fall as night time approaches and tends to lose temperatures as the night continues on. As a result, you’ll want to make sure that you’re warm enough before going to bed. There are three ways of doing this (that don’t involve keeping the heating on all night).
The first of these involves using thicker bedding or using multiple blankets in order to keep you from getting cold. Multiple sets of bedding help to keep heat from escaping while also creating a seal against cold night air.
Invest In An Electric Blanket
The next step you could take to improve the temperature in your bedroom is to invest in an electric blanket.
Electric blankets work just like smaller heating pads: they have a small insulated wire within the electric blanket that heats when plugged in. Electric blankets are a great way of keeping warm during the winter. But while electric blankets are great, they can also be expensive, and they are not always ideal. Depending on the layout of your home, you may not have an electrical plug nearby which to power the blanket. As well as that, you may not be comfortable with having a live electrical product over yourself while asleep.
Hot Water Bottle
If any of those are applicable to you, then your next option is to use a hot water bottle. Hot water Bottles are a fantastic solution to keep you warm during the winter months for a number of reasons. The first is that you always have total control over how warm they are, and there’s no chance that they will get hotter than you are comfortable with. Furthermore, because they’re passive (in the sense that they don’t need any more heat or power once they’re hot.
As a result, hot water bottles are a great choice for people looking for a low-cost heating solution that can be easily controlled.
Look After Yourself
But making sure you're at the right temperature isn’t the only thing you should keep in mind when trying to improve your sleeping experience. The other extremely important thing you should keep in mind is how you treat your body.
Use the Right Fuel
It’s been well known for years that what you eat and drink has a drastic effect on your ability to fall asleep. Cheese, for example, has been known to cause nightmares. But if you want to get a great night's sleep, the best thing to drink is to drink a milk-rich drink, such as warm milk or hot chocolate while also avoiding caffeine. Caffeine is a known stimulant that impedes the brain’s ability to relax
Keep a Consistent Sleep Schedule
Next, you should make sure that you have a consistent sleep schedule. This is because your body is set to a specific sleep schedule, and if that sleep schedule is interrupted or thrown off -- say, by a randomised sleep schedule -- then it can have a seriously negative effect on your energy levels during the following day.
Get a Quality Mattress From Dial A Mattress This November
For the best results this winter, you should order yourself a quality mattress from DIal a Mattress. We carry a wide range of mattress sizes and mattress types, from pocket spring mattresses to orthopedic mattresses.
For more information on our range of mattresses, get in touch with us today.