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Bed socks and other things to help you sleep

Posted 12.03.2015 - bed socks - things to help you sleep
Bed socks and things to help you sleepThere's nothing worse than lying in bed trying to get to sleep.  We've all done it, cold, stress, caffeine and other things make something that ought to be easy, harder, and once you get into a pattern of not going to sleep easily, insomnia can become a habit.

So we've put together a list of things to help you sleep and hope that it helps. 

We'll start with the one that's closest to our hearts, which is to wear socks to bed.  Bed socks not only stop you suffering from annoying cold feet, but they help to improve your circulation, which in tern can help you get to sleep more quickly.

Slow down your brain by reading a book rather than using an electronic device to go on Facebook or write a blog post. We know that this can act as a stimulant.  Stop communicating at a certain time each evening before you're going to want to sleep. 

Also don't charge your devices by the side of your bed.  Put them down properly somewhere to charge away from your sleeping zone.  The blue light given off by smartphones and tablets can inhibit the production of the sleep inducing hormone melatonin and disrupt your sleep rhythms.  If possible charge your devices in another room.  We know it's hard, as we all want immediate access and we're guilty of this ourselves, but give it a go and see if it makes a difference.

Don't eat or drink too close to going to bed. Expecting your system to slow down enough to let you sleep just after eating is just plain optimistic.  Go to bed a couple of hours after eating and your meal has had a chance to digest, and whilst alcohol may make you sleepy, it will probably disrupt your sleep pattern.  If you drink a lot of anything just before bed it may get you up in the night.  Best of all restrict both food and drink before trying to sleep.

Avoid both caffeinated and decaffeinated drinks before bed.  Caffeine you know can keep you up, but did you know that even some de-caffeinated coffees can contain small amounts of caffeine? So avoid the lot. To be labeled as decaf, coffee only needs to be 97% caffeine free.  Here's an article from the Huffington Post which is worth a read.

Have a hot bath, lower the lights, put on your bed socks and you should be ready for a good night's sleep. We all do so much better on a good sleep.  We hope you find our list of things to help you sleep useful.