I've spoken before about my issues with noise and how noise that perhaps wouldn't be an issue to others, really affects me quite badly. Now you might think that I enjoy the sound of silence because of this, but actually, silence drives me up the wall, as well. So it has been a long journey trying to find the balance between noise and silence, which I can live with.
Of course moving from a flat to a bungalow has helped a lot, we no longer have to deal with the vibrations and noise that comes from living in a converted house and I've been able to go to bed at midnight, rather than awaiting three am in the hopes that all will remain quiet.
Over the years, however, I have come up with a few strategies that have helped me get a better night's sleep and here are some of them:
Low volume music or audio books
I have to find the perfect level for music at night; it's that point where I almost have to strain to hear it at first, until my hearing tunes into it more. This low level allows me to in the end drift off.
Remove distracting noises
There may be noises around your bedroom and even further around the house, you could remove to help you sleep better. For instance, I cannot have a wall clock in my bedroom, as once I curl up in bed the ticking seems to get louder and louder until I cannot deal with it anymore.
Make sure your mattress is right for you
This is a big one, I perhaps didn't realise how big till the last mattress we had, which was awfully uncomfortable, so much so Ash couldn't sleep on it at all. So making sure you shop around for the right mattress for you and remember, the right one for you will often be different from others you know. Starting somewhere like; https://www.mattressnextday.co.uk/memory-foam-mattresses might be a good place to start getting ideas. Otherwise, a memory foam mattress topper is a cheap way to upgrade your bed”
Reduce blue light before bed
Research has shown that being exposed to blue light for an hour or so before you sleep can reduce the production of melatonin. Of course, the best idea is to switch off technology an hour before you head to bed. However, if you find it hard to put your phone or tablet down, many of them now have a feature to reduce the blue light emissions, so switch that on.
Making the perfect space for #aSoundSleep is going to be different for everyone, but the main thing is, do not be afraid to try out different things. You never know what might work for you.
Do you have a top tip for a #aSoundSleep, what is it?