A report by sleep expert Christine Hansen, commissioned by Eve Sleep, found that stress brought on by the festive season is one of the main causes of lack of sleep at this time of year, with 27% of women losing sleep because of Christmas-related stress. We’ve put together a list of tips that will increase your chances of having a good night’s sleep.
- Sleep schedule. Get yourself accustomed to a regular sleep routine by waking up and going to sleep at the same time each day. Aim to get 8 hours of sleep every night and remember to work in some extra time to wind down before bedtime.
- Get an alarm clock. Most of us rely on the alarm clock on our phone, but this can make getting to sleep even harder. Having your phone at arm’s reach makes it too easy to carry on scrolling past bedtime. Try to get into the habit of leaving your phone on the other side of the room so you can switch off before you sleep and get accustomed to using a traditional alarm clock.
- Cut out the caffeine. Whilst tea contains around half as much caffeine as a coffee, it does still contain caffeine, so you might want to consider having caffeine-free tea or hot chocolate before you head to bed. Ideally, you should try to avoid caffeine four to six hours before bedtime.