Sleep Hacks: 5 Bedtime mistakes that are ruining your sleep
A serious lack of sleep can have an immediate impact on your health and wellbeing.
That’s what the Phillips annual global survey made clear in their report: “Better Sleep, Better Health. A Global Look at Why We’re Still Falling Short on Sleep”.
You can go to sleep faster and improve your sleep by avoiding these common mistakes:
1. Not prioritising sleep
Though 71% of Australians surveyed in the Phillips study recognised the importance of sleep, many still prioritised other activities. Whether it’s working long hours, socialising or being distracted by technology, not prioritising sleep is a big mistake.
So, to avoid the negative health effects of a lack of sleep, make a date with your pillow at a reasonable hour every night.
2. Worrying too much (about everything!)
The Phillips researchers found that worrying keeps more than half of Australian adults up at night in the past 3 months (51%). The reasons why people worry are many and varied. Money worries, relationship issues – or simply worrying about not getting to sleep – can keep people awake.
A prerequisite to a good night’s sleep is the ability to wind down and relax. Try playing soothing music (21% of Australian adults try this), have a warm bath or read a book before bedtime. Avoid watching the latest news (now that will really stress you out) or diving into social media.
3. Not dealing with your health issues
We’re often so busy getting on with our lives that we sometimes neglect our health. The Phillips study found that more than 5 in 10 Australian adults (53%) have some kind of medical issue that impacts their sleep.
They also found that almost 2 in 10 adults reported insomnia, chronic pain and snoring (around 16%) as health issues which affected their sleep.
Chronic health issues can be hard to fix, but that’s no reason why you shouldn’t pay them some attention. Make some time to visit your GP to discuss any health issues you may be having. It could make a real difference to your sleep quality.
4. Being hooked on technology
The evidence is clear. Our addiction to technology and social media is affecting our sleep. The Phillips study found that ‘technology distractions’ kept around 21% of Australian adults up at night.
Use of technology is associated with difficulties getting to sleep as well as trouble maintaining quality sleep patterns. This can leave you feeling groggy the next morning. Health and sleep experts recommend we avoid our light-emitting devices at least an hour before we go to bed.
5. Hanging onto old pillows and mattresses
Sometimes it’s hard to part with our ‘favourite’ pillow or our old faithful mattress. But having a pillow or mattress that doesn’t offer the right support for your neck and spine can result in aches and pains. We spend about a third of our life in bed, so it’s important to choose a pillow and mattress that’s both comfortable and supportive. Mattresses should be replaced at least every 10 years. Time for a new mattress? Check out the SleepX range here. Pillows should be replaced between 18 months and 5 years, depending on their quality. SleepX pillows are made from high quality materials, so they’re guaranteed to last five years. They also come in three sizes and have a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Take a look at the SleepX range today. We’ve got it all covered – six different sizes and three comfort feels to choose from. For more information visit sleepx.com.au or call 1800 975 337.