What kind of things have the biggest effect on your sleep?

Did you know that what we eat and how we sleep are closely connected? In this series, we sit down with nutrition expert and food blogger, Madeleine Shaw, to find out just what we should and shouldn’t be eating and doing to not only help us sleep, but lead happier, healthier lives.

Here, Madeleine explains the sort of things that can have the biggest effects on us catching those all-important Z’s.

The biggest factor that can affect whether we get a good night’s rest is stress. A stressed, anxious mind can cause us to struggle to fall and stay asleep, which can lead to not wanting to get out of bed in the mornings. However, while stress in itself is an unfortunate given for modern life, it’s how we deal with it that makes all the difference. Here are some tried-and-tested ways that can help you reduce stress and aid your sleep.

Leave your mobile phone outside your bedroom

Having our mobile phones in our bedrooms while we’re trying to sleep can cause us to feel anxious, especially if we get a notification as we’re starting to nod off. Alarm clocks aren’t expensive, and buying one will remove any reasons for you to need your phone overnight, so you’ll have a better chance of feeling refreshed when you check it in the morning.

Give yourself a good bedtime routine

If you attempt to go from 100-0 in the space of ten minutes, the chance of you getting a good night’s sleep is greatly reduced as your brain struggles to switch off. So, give yourself time to half a bath or read for a while before bed – and turn off that scary Netflix show!

Avoid blue light

Blue light is given off from most technology, such as tablets, mobile phones and laptops, and can trick our brains into thinking it’s daytime. So, while it may seem like a great idea to relax in front of a YouTube video before you go to sleep, doing this could mean that you fall into a lighter state of rest, and are more susceptible to waking up in the night. If you absolutely must use a screen before bed, invest in a pair of anti-blue light glasses or see if your device has a blue light filter.

Create a sleepy ambiance in your bedroom

Get some candles or warm-tinted fairy lights to create a soft, sleepy glow in your bedroom. This will create a more relaxed ambiance and make you feel calmer before falling asleep and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead!

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