Sleep is one of the most important factors in the complicated web that makes up your wellbeing. A lack of deep, restful sleep can affect both your mental and physical state, and if you’re dealing with increased pain or heightened anxiety, this can, in turn, make it harder for you to sleep, forming a vicious cycle it’s hard to escape from. With pressure on all of us from employers, family, politics and now world events that are bigger than anyone can control, the high quality sleep you need can be more elusive than ever. 

Today we’re taking a look at the issue to help you get better sleep, and face the increased challenges of each day with more resilience and fortitude.

Are You Having Trouble Sleeping?

Taking Supplements

There are plenty of products on the market that claim to improve your chances of getting to sleep - some have a proven physiological effect, some simply help to relax you, and many fall into a middle-ground between the two. One of these, is CBD, which is available from online retailers like Dayzed, as well as increasingly in high street health food shops, and it increasingly looks like the science can back up the claims that CBD products attract!

CBD doesn’t ‘knock you out’ like pharmaceutical sleeping pills - it helps to remove the barriers to sleep by soothing physical discomfort and mental anxiety. That means you don’t have to worry about feeling foggy and less than alert the next day!

Practising Good Sleep Hygiene

Sometimes sleep can difficult to come by if you don’t have healthy routines about when and how you sleep. This is known as maintaining good ‘sleep hygiene’. 

One of the most important things you can do is set a regular bedtime and stick to it! It may be the opposite of everything you’ve dreamed of when you were a child, but having a set bedtime routine at a set time each day helps your body and brain start preparing for rest.

The blue light from devices stimulates the brain, making you more wakeful and lighter sleeping. Some filter their lighting so remove the blue tint from their lights as you approach evening, but it’s better to cut out your screen time altogether for at least an hour before bed.

If you have the luxury of space, and you work from home, try not to work in the same room as you sleep. This can build stress, and make it feel like you have nowhere to retreat from work: keep the bedroom for sleeping and you’ll sleep deeper and better!

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