Try these useful tips to promote a better night’s sleep

Try these useful tips to promote a better night’s sleep

Here at TRIP, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep and how frustrating it can be when you struggle to achieve the recommended eight hours per night. Stress and anxiety can often lead to broken or poor quality sleep and with the COVID-19 pandemic dominating the lives of many over the past 12 months, this has become a regular occurrence for many Brits.

With this in mind, we recently launched a campaign which looked in detail at the the nation’s sleep habits over the past year. We surveyed UK residents to uncover how the physiological effects of COVID-19 have impacted their sleep and the solutions they have experimented with to try and resolve the issue.

With a large percentage of the population revealing 2020 was the most stressful year of their lives - something which certainly affected their quality of sleep - we wanted to share some helpful tips. From the impact of your diet to creating a calming environment, hopefully our suggestions can reduce your levels of stress and help you get a much needed good night’s rest.

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Pay close attention to your diet

It’s more than likely that during your lifetime you’ve been told not to consume certain food and drinks immediately before you go to bed - cheese and coffee for example. Well, there is a good reason for this - there is indeed a strong link between specific foods you consume and a bad night’s sleep according to nutritionist, Kim Pearson

Kim advises against eating heavy and starchy foods before you go to bed, as well as limiting the amount of sugary foods you consume. It’s also important to avoid caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee after midday, as this will have an impact on the quality of your sleep.

Incorporate CBD products into your daily life

There are an abundance of benefits associated with CBD products and a number of them can help you find your calm. For example, you can look to incorporate capsules or CBD infused drinks for stress-free sipping into your daily routine to help you unwind into your best self before bed. You could try adding CBD oil to your bedtime ritual

CBD is renowned for reducing stress and anxiety, which is only going to benefit your quality of sleep. There are a number of misconceptions around the use of CBD, one of which being that it can make you drowsy. Our CBD may help calm a racing mind before bed, which can lead to stress-free sleep.

Create a relaxing environment around you

We all know the importance of reducing the amount of time we spend on electronic devices before we go to sleep. Indeed, looking at the "‘blue light" produced by your phone, laptop or TV" right before you go to bed can stimulate your eyes and brain, making you feel more alert and ensuring it’s harder to drop off. For this reason, if you are struggling to sleep, it’s important to remove any electronic distractions from your bedroom when it’s time to go to sleep.

With many Brits working from home, for some, the bedroom has become a makeshift office during the day. It’s important that if you have no other option than to work from your bedroom, you remove any paperwork and other traces of your job from your space at night. This could even include covering your desk with a sheet. This will help your mind switch off from work and aid in achieving a good night’s sleep.

It’s essential that we all try and get a good night’s sleep as it’s a fundamental part in looking after our physical and mental health. We hope the tips we have shared will help you improve your quality of sleep and it would be great to hear if they have been useful to you. Let us know!