The importance of getting a good night’s sleep cannot be emphasised enough but as many of us struggle to either get to sleep or have quality sleep what can we do to improve this vitally important part of our lives?

A huge problem, that is a sign of the times for many, is sleep procrastination that is putting off going to bed and going to sleep. We try to relax in the evening but often find ourselves staring at a screen, scrolling through posts and videos unaware that time is passing by. We may feel that at the end of a busy day we want to do something before we retire for the night and so we stay awake when really we need to be getting that all important sleep.

Being strict with ourselves about screen time is one way that we can start to reset our sleep patterns. A time could be set approximately two hours before bedtime when phones, tablets and even television could be turned off and instead music could be listened to, or a book could be read. This gives our bodies time to unwind and get into a relaxed state ready for sleep.

It is important that the bedroom is the right temperature for sleep as we all know how difficult it is to get a good night’s sleep when it is too warm. A cool bedroom is much better so if it is possible to achieve this all well and good.