Ways to embrace better summer sleep

Now that summer’s fast approaching our thoughts (if not our actions) will inevitably turn to downtime and relaxation… Think sun-drenched beaches, lazy afternoons in the park and tackling that pile of books you’ve been meaning to read forever. Sounds blissful, doesn’t it?

But not everyone can take a holiday.

Through lack of time or money, work or family pressures, there are many reasons why a holiday might not be on the horizon for us all. If that’s the case, why not focus on downtime and relaxation a little closer to home because there are plenty of ways to embrace better summer sleep and make the most of your shut-eye.

Inspired by an article in the May 2018 issue of Red Magazine called The Big Sleep, we focus on some of their inspiring tips to improve your sleep.

They say: “An Aviva survey revealed 37% of Brits don’t feel they get enough sleep.” In response, their sleep-easy guide offers top tips on how to tackle this deficit.

* Turn down the heat. A temperature of between 15-19 degrees is the ideal temperature to provide the best quality of sleep. Open a window or switch on a fan in summer

* Switch to airplane mode. “A Harvard study found that viewing technology in the hour before bed halved levels of the sleep hormone melatonin, making it harder to fall and stay asleep. If you really must use your phone as an alarm, switch it to airplane mode so alerts won’t disturb you”

* If you have a decision to make, sleep on it. Research shows that “by sorting memories and linking new ideas to prior experiences, sleep puts your choice in context and keeps you from repeating past mistakes”

* Nature calls. “Too many night-time loo trips? Try cutting out caffeine after lunch – it is a diuretic with a half-life of six hours, so if you have a coffee at 2pm you still have the equivalent of four cans of Coke in your system at 8pm”

* Revamp your morning. “Gulp half a litre of water first thing in the morning to activate your brain and engage your circadian rhythm”

Futon Company says: We’re always looking for ways to shake things up in the bedroom and this guide was fabulous, offering many easy-to-achieve and cost effective solutions to embrace the big sleep. The obvious starting point for optimal sleep, though, is a supportive and comfortable mattress and great bed. Happy zzzzz!


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