Do you struggle with sleep?  There are a few basics that will help you drift off to never never land.  While some of us know some tips such as don’t drink caffeine close to bed or taking a hot bath.  Even if you try these there are other tips and tricks that will also aid a more restful sleep.



Create a Sanctuary

Your bedroom should be a place which is calm where you can go to rest.  Setting the temperate between 16 and 18 degrees centigrade is thought to be the optimal temperature to release what is known as the sleepy hormone – melatonin.  Invest in some furnishings that you love to make you feel more comfortable too.  If you are looking for inspiration check out my autumn decorating ideas post.  Invest in some blackout blinds too to ensure the light is diminished making for a peaceful sleep.


Find the Perfect Mattress

An average person will sleep for 25 years so buying a mattress is an important decision.  So considering the type and style of mattress is extremely important.  Ask yourself four questions:  what is my sleeping position; what firmness do I need; can I take the mattress for a test and does the mattress come with a warranty.  I’d recommend checking out Nectar Sleep.  They offer a great price on memory foam mattresses which have a Tencel Cover to help keep your body cool.  Nectar Sleep also offer a 365 night trail so you can road test the mattress.  They also have an offer on at the moment whereby you get 2 free Nectar Pillows.  After all pillows are also an important purchase to help you achieve a good sleep.


Take Time to Wind Down

Screens, including computers and cells are bright.  Of course during the day we don’t notice it so much however at bedtime you should turn your screens off.  If you don’t then your body is fooled by the bright lights thinking it is day time.  So switch off early.  You could also try some relaxing breathing techniques after having a hot bath so you can mentally calm down.


Try Eating Calming Foods

Did you know there are some foods that can calm you and make you feel sleepy?  They promote sleep by releasing melatonin.  Having a glass of warm milk, camomile tea or oatcakes are just great for helping you fall asleep.  It would be good practice to take these close to bedtime to help you induce sleep.


Alternative Therapies

Stress can impact on your sleep. Why not consider a massage to relieve stress and help you sleep?  There are plenty of alternative therapies which are effective and could help you sleep.  Being mindful could also help you sleep.  Mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment, why not practice observing and letting go of your thoughts.  This has also been proven to help you fall asleep.


What other tips do you have for getting to sleep?


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Humans are fragile things. Having a few small things out of place in life can have a huge impact on your health. Eating too much or not getting enough sleep could make you gain weight. Or, lacking stimulation could make you get depressed or bored. This issues only get bigger when they’re applied to kids, whose needs are much more important than an adult’s. So, when you have kids, the small parts of their overall health have to be a huge concern. To help you out, this post will be going through three areas to help you ensure that your kids are as healthy as can be.


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  • FOOD

This all starts with food. Experts suggest that our overall health and fitness is mostly affected by our diets. And, this is no different for kids. Having the wrong food can make it hard for their bodies to grow. But, having too much of things could make them unhealthy in other ways. A balance has to be found here. And, usually, this balance has to be changed regularly. Thankfully, there are loads of resources on the internet to help you to make sure the whole family is eating properly. In some cases, the food that your child has at school may not be good enough. So, you may have to send them in with some food you make at home. This can save some money while making your child healthier. So, it’s a win-win.



Next, it’s time to think about exercise. Thankfully, kids digest food in a different way to adults. A child’s digestive system is best at absorbing sugars and other things that are required for growth. This changes as they get older. But, when they are young, most of the food they eat will be transferred into unbridled energy. This energy has to be used. One of the best ways to ensure your child gets regular exercise is by signing them up for sports practice at school. If your child doesn’t like this, though; you’ll have to start taking them out for walks and other activities.



Sleep is very underrated by a lot of parents. Sleep gives your body a chance to refresh itself. During this time, your body works hard to digest and metabolise your food. Along with this, it also gets other essential jobs completed during this time. Without enough sleep, a child can get very unhealthy. It will impact their education, by making it hard for them to concentrate at school. And, it could make them sick. You have to make sure you have the right bed for your child. Companies like Cuckooland offer loads of choices to help you sort this out. But, along with this, you also have to start working on a good sleep routine with your child. Once you have made this into a habit; it will be very easy to make sure they go to sleep early enough.


Hopefully, this will give you a good idea of what needs to be done to handle the smaller areas of your child’s health. A lot of parents fail to take these considerations. But, this will usually result in a negative effect on your kid; even if it’s in later life.




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