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Are you fed-up with always feeling tired? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get a full night’s sleep and wake feeling rested and energised ready to face the day ahead? Relax, our friends at SleepMaker have put together a guide to some of the causes of sleep deprivation, with handy tips to help you to get a good night’s sleep.

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Common causes of tiredness

Whatever the cause – tossing and turning, waking during the night or simply not getting enough sleep – feeling tired is a complaint shared by many. Here are some of the things that could be affecting your sleep at night and energy levels during the day:

  • Your level of fitness
    Exercise has a big impact on how well we sleep. If you don’t really exercise at all, then you may find it hard to sleep through the night. Conversely, over-exercising – particularly in the evening before bed – can have the same effect, so it’s best to find a healthy balance.
  • Watch the stimulants!
    We all know caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea and some soft drinks) can keep us awake, but do you find you wake in the middle of the night after drinking alcohol? This is because our liver processes stimulants while we sleep.
  • Medications
    Some medications can cause tiredness, inability to sleep or restless sleep. Check with your doctor if this is an issue for you, they may be able to suggest an alternative that doesn’t have these types of side effects.
  • Anxiety
    Feeling anxious can hinder sleep and leave us feeling drained of energy. Talk to your doctor, and consider taking up meditative exercise such as yoga or Pilates.

How to get a good night’s sleep

If problems staying asleep are keeping you up at night, try establishing a bed time routine. Here are some useful pointers:

  1. Go to bed only when you are feeling tired. Get out of bed if you can’t fall asleep within 10-15 minutes and return when you feel ready for sleep.
  2. Take a warm bath before bed, it will relax your body. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to relax your mind.
  3. Keep your bedroom at an optimum temperature and maintain a relaxing atmosphere.
  4. If you toss and turn, get up. Try and write down all the things that are occupying your mind before you go to bed.
  5. Establish a regular sleep schedule and avoid napping during the day – it keeps your body clock going in the right direction.

Time for a new bed?

If the land of nod is still evading you, it might be time to buy a new bed. When selecting one, it’s important to choose a mattress that complements your body and the way you sleep. If you‘re often woken at night by the movements of your sleeping partner, consider buying one of the range of models we stock from expert bed makers SleepMaker. A combination of premium comfort layers and SleepMaker’s pocket spring technology works perfectly together so you and your partner can sleep together…alone.

As part of our SALE we also have up to 60% off SleepMaker beds, so now’s a great time to buy! You can shop our range of SleepMaker beds online or pop in to your nearest McKenzie & Willis showroom for a test lie down.

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*SleepMaker sale deals end 26th of March 2018. To see more sale offers click here.

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