This weekend sees the clocks go forward as British Summer Time begins. And while this extra hour of daylight makes us feel better, we all get less shut eye this Sunday.
However our advice is not to lose any sleep over it! In the run up to losing that extra hour in bed we thought it would be good to recap on some of the most important sleep tips so you’re stocked up on plenty of quality sleep.
Keep the bedroom dark. While the lighter mornings and evenings are lovely, a longer day and shorter night can work against us. If light is creeping in, why not invest in a pair of heavy lined curtains or even add an additional blackout blind to stop light creeping in.
Make sure it’s not too warm. We sleep better in slightly cooler temperatures so bear that in mind as outside temperatures start to increase.
Check your bed is still comfortable. It’s difficult to get deep, restful sleep on one that’s too soft, too hard, too small or too old. If it’s older than 7-8 years, it’s time to look are replacing it.
Have a proper wind down routine and relax before bed. Try taking a bath, having a warm milky drink (no caffeine!), reading a book or listening to relaxation tapes.
Eliminate bedroom distractions such as TVs, laptops or mobile phones.
Gradually move your bedtime a little earlier, just by 10 minutes or so, in the days approaching the clocks going forward. It won’t seem too bad come Sunday when we lose those precious 60 minutes!