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Awake Frequently At Night? Get Back to Sleep This Way

September 13, 2018


Expert tips on getting back to sleep at night

We all know the feeling. It’s the middle of the night and you’re wide awake for no reason. You fell asleep only a short while ago, and by the looks of your alarm clock you’d better fall asleep again soon if you want to function properly in the morning. But now you’re stressed about the fact that you’re not sleeping, worrying about what caused you to wake up and just wound up in general - a catch 22 if there ever was one. Because if there’s one thing that will keep you from falling asleep for sure, it’s a racing mind.

Fortunately, there are ways to stop this vicious cycle in its tracks. Here are five top tips from sleeping experts that will help you fall asleep again if you wake up in the middle of the night:

Stay Away From The Tech

Whatever you do, do not pick up your cell phone or tablet for a social media scroll. The light emitted by these devices is from the blue spectrum, which your brain reads as a cue to wake up. As such, it is hardly the best thing to be doing if you need to get back to dreamland.

Get The Clock Out of Your Room

Staring at the clock is not going to help. In fact, it is only likely to stress you out even more. When this happens, your body starts producing fight-or-flight hormones that place your brain and nervous system on high alert. The result? There is no way you’re getting back to sleep. Jettison the clock from your room and rather set an alarm using your cell phone (which should be kept away from your bed).

Get Up For A Bit

This may seem counterintuitive, but when you’re battling to fall asleep it may help to get up for a bit. Stretch, read or build a puzzle to get your mind off the fact that you need to get back to bed. Don’t put on the TV though. If you want to listen to some music, try light Baroque, which has been shown to work wonders in terms of aiding rest.

Try Some Focussed Breathing

A tense body is not likely to fall asleep. Try lying on your back and breathing deeply, in through your nose and out through your mouth for 10 seconds at a time.

Indulge in Soothing Mental Imagery

Where do you feel most at home? On a sunny beach with the water lapping at the shore? Walking through a forest at dusk, or perhaps lounging on a hammock on a stoep in the Karoo? Use an image like this to calm you when you need to relax. Imagine yourself in the setting, taking time to focus on each of your senses. This process is known to aid relaxation considerably.

Did you realise that the quality of your bed, mattress and bedding play a vital role in who well you sleep? If you’re battling to remain asleep at night, you may be due an upgrade in this department. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions regarding our wide selection of comfort-graded sleeping surfaces, or better yet - visit us in store to try our Comfort Solutions Lab in person. It’s the perfect way to find out which mattress is best suited to your targeted pressure-point needs.


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