Spending a night in noisy surroundings recently left me a bit sleep-deprived the following morning. It ended up being one of those days when you feel as though you’re walking on the moon, or in a river of treacle.
Getting good quality sleep is essential, yet a low mood can mean you don’t get the shut-eye you need.
And of course it needn’t necessarily be dampened spirits keeping you awake. It might be anxiety. Or even excitement.
Time to turn to Liz Hoggard’s book ‘How To Be Happy’ for five top tips on getting a good night’s sleep. I’m sure they’ll be familiar, but we all sometimes need a reminder of even very obvious principles:
1. A good night’s sleep is normally preceded by a drop in core body temperature, so don’t do vigorous physical exercise, eat spicy food or have the electric blanket on just before you go to sleep.
2. Dairy products are rich in trytophan, an amino acid that also acts as a hypnotic, hence the popularity of milky drinks to aid slumber.
3. Eating a meal three hours before bedtime (not after that) can help you sleep.
4. Keep your bedroom as peaceful, airy and dark as possible.
5. Pay off your accumulated sleep debt by going to bed half an hour earlier for a few weeks.
Sleep well tonight.