Can't Sleep? The Reasons Could Surprise You

We’re all probably a little tired today.

Who could’ve predicted the cat pawing away at your face at 4am wanting to be let out, or the involuntary jolt that always seems to happen just as you’re falling asleep?

For many of us, these are just the unfortunate realities of modern day living and it doesn’t always mean that you’re suffering from sleep insomnia. In fact, we’re willing to bet that you can improve your sleep with just a few little tweaks to your routine.

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Social Jet Lag

Part of the reason Mondays feel like Mondays. The way you sleep on your days off can have a major knock-on effect for the rest of the week and beyond.

We all love an extra hour or three at the weekend, but if you can resist lying in until lunchtime, you’ll be doing your body and mind a whole lot of good for the week ahead.

Bedtime Tweeting

Getting that social media fix just before bed is one of the biggest barriers to sleep that we face. The light emitted from screens is now well known to scientists for telling your brain that it’s not yet time to drift off.

If we told you to stop using your smartphone at 9pm and leave it in a different room, we predict that there might be some resistance. Instead, if you’re going to keep your phone within arm’s reach at bedtime, consider going to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual and remember to keep the brightness on your screen at a lower setting.

The Night Cap

Forget what granny used to tell you, having an alcoholic nightcap may make you fall asleep quickly, but often causes you to wake up later on in the night as your body metabolizes the alcohol.

Throw in the possibility of a bathroom trip and you have yourself a less-than-ideal sleep environment.

A hot cup of cocoa on the other hand…

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Allergies

Summer is coming…which is great news, but not so great news if you’re one of the over 10 million people who are estimated to suffer from hay fever in England alone.

You know the drill, itchy eyes, a runny nose and endless sneezing keeping you up all night. The more you try and get to sleep the harder it gets and before you know it you’ve exhausted every possible sleeping position in the book to no avail.

If you haven’t already, visit your doctor to make sure that you’re on the correct medication. Keep your room cool, your windows closed, and any pets off the bed.

If you’re still waking up in the middle of the night at least three times a week, or you can’t put your finger on what is upsetting your sleep, it’s time to visit the doctor.

It should go without saying, but these efforts could be in vain if your bed is no longer up to standard. Check out The Size Guide, which has been specially designed to match you with your perfect bed.

We believe that everybody deserves a great night’s sleep.