STRUGGLING TO SLEEP?
Insomnia! My favourite song but not my favourite bedtime issue! There's no worse feeling than a knackered day that follows a sleepless night. Add a few of those up and you're on your way to looking and feeling like a zombie.
In these weird times, sleep is a huge problem for lots of people and a lack of sleep can make us all feel physically and mentally rubbish.
If you are counting sheep or Netflix seasoning until the small hours, here are my top three tips to help you get a better night of rest!
Switching off is best for a good night's sleep
Ditch the tech and screens at least half an hour before bedtime.
I know it's super-hard at the minute to switch off, you want to keep up with the latest news, message mates and scroll through holidays gone by on Instagram, but that blue hue from your screen? It's not your friend!
When it gets dark, your pineal gland secretes the hormone melatonin, which tells your body to get tired and go to sleep. Blue light, whether from the sun or a laptop, is very effective at inhibiting melatonin production — thus reducing both the quantity and quality of your sleep! So, ditch the screen for an unbroken eight hours.
Reading is magic
Even if you aren't a bookworm lockdown is the best time to give books a chance. Did you know that reading before bed reduces stress levels by up to 68 per cent, relaxes the body and gives a more deep and restful sleep? True story!
Try starting a book group with mates, or even your work team, to give yourself that little push to put your head in a book!
It's the phrase I'm famous for in the parenting world, but routine plays a huge part in adult sleep too.
Lockdown means it is likely that your daily schedule is totally different to normal and this can have a huge impact on your sleep!
Having a gentle routine during the day, with regular meals, work, activities and exercise, and a regular bedtime, gets both the mind and body into good sleep habits!
Sweet dreams everyone!
Fi Star-Stone is a parenting advisor, author and Child Sleep consultant. Working with children and families for over 27 years, Fi's qualifications include a Degree in Childhood and Youth studies, an NNEB in Nursery nursing, and a Diploma in Childhood studies. Her bestselling book 'The Baby Bedtime Book - Say Goodnight to Sleepless Nights' and 'The Wide Awake Kids Club' have been helping parents to give their little ones the gift of happy sleep worldwide. Her latest book for children, 'My Thinky Thoughts' helps kids communicate, write down their feelings, and feel less anxious and stressed during lockdown. Fi's new book, 'The Wide Awake Baby Club' comes out May 11 2020.