Sweet Dreams — How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

By on June 4, 2014
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By Dr. Isaac Royce –

Getting a good night’s sleep is so important, especially as you get older when many people find their sleeping patterns can grow more erratic. Here are some of the tried and trusted methods that can be very helpful when trying to get to the Land of Nod:

You can significantly improve the quality of your sleep with a memory foam mattress. These mattresses are made of a substance called viscoelastic, which is soft, strong and highly absorbent. The memory foam molds to the shape of the body, according to heat and temperature, and then returns to its original flat shape afterwards. The medical profession use these mattresses to prevent bed sores in the bed-bound.

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If your partner snores, you could always try investing in a pair of ear plugs. The wax variety tend to be pretty effective, but if you can’t get hold of any, then the foam type will do the trick, but not completely block the snores out unfortunately.

There’s nothing like getting into a bed of deliciously crisp, clean white cotton sheets. If you’re going to invest in anything, bed linen with a high thread count is a must. Beware that despite being luxurious and comfortable, which is nice of course, it does have a tendency to crease and can be annoying to iron. It can also be difficult to sleep in a room full of clutter, although, of course, everybody has their individual preferences.

Many people find that they can sleep much better in a room that’s filled with the cool night air, although some conversely prefer to sleep in stuffy warm rooms. Having the windows open — or shut — can be a contentious issue if you live with someone who prefers the opposite.

Giving yourself plenty of time in the evenings to wind down and relax and forget about the stresses of the day can make all the difference to having a good night’s sleep. Reading a gentle novel in bed right before sleeping is always a good idea, and having a warm milky drink about an hour before bedtime is also remarkably soporific. In the heat of the summer, why not stroll around the garden late at night and inhale the scent of the stocks and tobacco plants, whilst in the winter, having a long soak in a deep bubble bath is very relaxing.

Dr. Isaac Royce is a specialist in sleep disorders and has helped numerous people to overcome their problems in getting a good night’s rest. He is currently writing a book on sleepwalking and its causes and prevention.

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Sweet Dreams — How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep