Top tips for a better night’s sleep

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Joy Richards - October 1, 2014 Hi, I’m Joy - Happy Beds' Sleep Specialist. Aside from Italian food and my three lovely boys, nothing makes me happier than helping our customers find what works for them, and how they can make the most of their forty winks.

Top tips for a better night’s sleep

Whilst we all know that a good night’s sleep is important, it can often seem unattainable, and something that many of us dream of (pardon the pun).

So what can you do to create the right atmosphere, ambience and sense of wellbeing in order to strive towards a peaceful slumber? Follow these tips for a sound snooze:

1. Melatonin is a natural sleep hormone produced by the body. Eat brazil nuts, walnuts, spinach and kale, as these foods can assist the body in producing this sleep-inducing hormone.

2. Add a side salad to your evening meal. Lactucarium is found in lettuce, which is known to relax the brain as it contains sedative properties.

3. Sip a cup of chamomile tea before bed, as it is said to reduce anxiety by relaxing nerves and muscles, providing mild sedative effects.

4. Take time to wind down before bedtime. Allow yourself at least half an hour to wind down and think through your day. It is advisable (though not always possible) to aim for the same number of hours a day, and keep the times at which you head off to bed and get up in the morning similar, so that your body knows what it is doing and when.

5. Finally, it’s all about the bed. If you are going to design your own bedroom, choosing the right size, shape, and type of bed is vital. It will depend on your individual needs and requirements – your preferences on mattress types and toppers. A quiet, darkened room with a comfortable bed can help send you on your way to the Land of Nod.