In this article we will consider four of the most frequently asked sleep questions we get asked
- What products can I buy that will help to provide a better night’s sleep
- Are smart phone sleep apps useful
- How much sleep should I get at night
- Whilst sleeping whats the best position to lie in
What products can I buy that will help to provide a better night’s sleep?
In our opinion there are three key products
- A great bed – many people underestimate the importance of a comfortable supportive bed. Research found that swapping an uncomfortable bed for a new one resulted in almost an extra hour of sleep a night.
- Blackout blinds or very heavy curtains to keep your room dark. Light suppresses melatonin (the sleepy hormone) that relaxes your body helping you to drift off.
- Earplugs if noise is an issue and you constantly find yourself being awoken by noises.
Are smart phone sleep apps useful?
Nowadays there is an app for almost everything. There are a wide variety of apps and trackers that claim to help improve sleep. We think there are 3 factors to consider
- Be careful that the app doesn’t actually interfere with your sleep
- Ensure that you don’t rely on the app too heavily
- Apps don’t always give a true indication of sleep patterns and may cause unnecessary worry and concern.
How much sleep should I get at night?
It is important to remember that sleep is a very personal and individual activity. The average sleep an adult requires or might expect to sleep is around eight hours a night.
However there is no ‘normal’ length of time, it is whatever is natural for you. We all feel tired at times but it is important that it is not disruptive to your daily life and general health.
Whilst sleeping whats the best position to lie in?
There is no specific or optimum positions for lying in. We all like different positions so sleep in whichever you find most comfortable, this will depend on all sorts of things.
Importantly if you are currently sleeping ok – don’t try to change your sleeping position.