A stressful day can lead to us taking short, shallow breaths. Spend 10-20 minutes before going to bed, focusing on your breathing, deep in your belly.
I use time before bed to answer emails, catch up on social media or watch TV. Some of these tasks might feel relaxing, but the light emitted from the screens interferes with the production of melatonin, the sleep-producing hormone. Try reading instead – it helps the body to relax, making it easier to fall asleep.
This tells your body it is daytime and not night, which helps reset your body clock. Try setting your alarm for 20 minutes earlier and going for a walk in the sunshine.
Exercising too late in the evening can have an impact on the quality of our sleep. It raises the core temperature of the body, making it difficult to fall asleep, so it’s best to avoid it.
This helps you to get into a regular sleep routine so your body clock can adjust. After a while, you will find yourself waking up at the same time without using an alarm.
It’s important to have a mattress that supports and balances your spine. I have noticed a huge difference in my energy levels since investing in a well-made bed designed to cradle each part of the body and provide deep support. Try to make good use of the online tools some bed manufacturers provid