Tips for #asoundsleep
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Tips for #aSoundSleep

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.

Tips for #asoundsleep

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?


*This is a collaborative post.

This article has 74 comments

  1. Margaret GALLAGHER

    Definately need a new mattress
    Have removed all Tech from the bedroom too

  2. Lisa prince

    i used to be terrible at sleeping and it was only when i fell pregnant with my latet child i found my love of sleep x

  3. Stephanie

    Lavendar oil helps me fall asleep a lot of nights. I just put a little on my temples and it helps relax me.

  4. StressedMum

    I am one of those lucky people that can fall asleep easily (well usually unless stressed over something), but my husband is terrible he likes to put a documentary on and lay there listening to it to drift off

  5. danasia fantastic

    These are great tips! After moving from NYC to Atlanta, I couldn’t figure out why I was struggling to fall asleep. It turns out I was used to lots of city noise, so now I use one of these noise apps to help me fall asleep fast.

  6. robin Rue

    Removing distracting noises would mean removing my husband. His snoring is the main reason I don’t sleep.

  7. Melanie

    Really good post, Just what I needed. The matress thing is so true, bad one equals bad sleep. Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

  8. tara pittman

    I use aromatherapy to help me sleep. I also like my sound machine too.

  9. Joely Smith

    My most needed thing is soft relaxing music. My husband REQUIRES a fan to be blowing but I finally got him to at least turn it down to low! We both need to get away from blue light before bedtime!

  10. Becca

    The boyfriend and I are both really suffering with bad nights at the moment, so these tips are very helpful!

  11. Jodie Whitham

    Some fab tips – i find it hard to relax so have to wind down. Writing to do lists for next day helps my mind stop buzzing with things i need to do. Reading also helps as the small print makes me tired and sleepier. Also taking makeup and getting in pjs earlier helps me feel “mentally prepared” lol

  12. Lois Alter Mark

    Sleep has become more challenging as I’ve gotten older. I’m going to try your tips, especially the blue light issue. I think I need to get my phone out of our bedroom!

  13. Oyinkan Ogunleye

    Noises are usually harder for people to sleep with. But I totally understand using subtle music!

  14. alice lightning

    i also have trouble sleeping I find low volume tv help like cooking programmes or documentaries no horror helps ,I cant have it quiet in the night but the early hours like 5am I can have the tv off

  15. Shirley

    These tips are quite good. My husband is not having sound sleep these days and i think these tips will help me.

  16. Rhian Westbury

    I do try to limit technology an hour or so before bet but sometimes it can be really hard x

  17. Elizabeth O.

    It’s important for me to get enough sleep at night. Finding the right mattress definitely makes it easier for you to fall asleep and stay asleep. I think these are great tips!

  18. Kim Neville

    Some Useful tips. I like it nice and dark in my bedroom and no noise as I am a light sleeper and switch off phone and ipad before coming to bed

  19. Wendy Polisi

    What an amazing tips and ideas. I really need a new mattress will check the site.

  20. Anna nuttall

    Sarah, this is really useful tips. Just be glad you’re not like me and live in the middle of a town where you get all kind of noise. xx

  21. Stephanie Merry

    I find I need blackout blinds for a good night’s sleep. I can’t have any light come into the room x

  22. Erin

    I totally need to look into reducing the blue light before bed. I’ll be sooo sleepy, go to bed and read my tablet to try to fall asleep – except it keeps me awake!

  23. Ashleigh

    I’ve been switching the warmer light on my phone on as soon as it hits 10pm and it works wonders! Definitely recommend it!

  24. Cynthia Nicoletti

    Great tips. I use a lavender pillow and I love it. I like the fragrance.

  25. MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    What an interesting post. I didn’t know about the blue light although I knew you should avoid computer and phone screens, well now I know why. Thanks for that I better tell hubby as he sleeps badly and is on his computer until it is time for bed.

  26. Dawn Gibson-Thigpen

    lavender always relaxes me and helps me fall asleep. i put it on my pillow case and it does the trick

  27. Theresa Alison

    For me no noise and landing light off hate light shining into bedroom

  28. Nina Brown

    Electric Blankets – have slept a lot better since started using one eases all my muscles and relaxes me.

  29. Stephanie Pass

    I’ve had a hard time sleeping since being pregnant. I have no idea what blue light is. I will have to check this out and see if it helps me.

  30. Jay Simms

    I need light to sleep, so I usually keep the TV on and put the sound down really love. To the point I can barely hear it.

  31. Rachel

    I have a download of ‘Sounds of the Sea’ and it is so soothing listening to the crashing waves that it never fails to send me to sleep x

  32. Jemma

    These are great tips, I’ll second the need for a good mattress!

  33. Angela Milnes

    My brother and my dad was hard to have a good sleep, I will share this to the,

  34. Hayley Warren

    My mattress is amazing and really helps with my sleep. I need to cut out the blue lights before bed though.

  35. Emily Leary

    I’ve been reading about how much blue light before bed can keep you awake, I’ll have to try turning on my phone’s night mode and putting the phone down when it’s closer to bedtime.

  36. Yaya

    I tend to struggle more to sleep when there is no noise. I completely get that the noise factor can affect us all in either one way or the other. x

  37. Healthy & Psyched

    I really needed this post, I just can’t sleep at the moment. I think blue light might be my problem + stress.

  38. Tanya Brannan

    Currently I am having terrible trouble with my sleeping. Stress and anxiety are causing me to have sleepless night after sleepless night. I think I am going to try your suggestion of an audiobook and hope for the best x

  39. wendy

    We just bought a new mattress and that does help for sure! I like some sounds on when I sleep, so I have a favorite tv show playing.

  40. Mardene R Carr

    Music is my go to when I need to sleep. Prayer also helps me when I am having a hard time falling or staying asleep. We need enough sleep so we should find what works

  41. Marielle Altenor

    I can’t stretch enough the importance of a good mattress when it comes to getting a good night sleep. It makes such a HUGE difference.

  42. Yona Williams

    My sleeping habits have changed over the years. I used to not be able to sleep with the TV on, and would turn it off at every chance that I got. Now, it doesn’t bother me. In order for me to have a sound sleep, I need a fan on in front of me.

  43. Rachel

    Some great tips here, I do struggle with getting to sleep! I’ve just got a new mattress and it’s helped! xo

  44. chichi

    all those tips are very helpful to me as i struggle, reducing blue light is interesting!

  45. sharon catterall

    i struggle to get a good nights sleep as well,most of the time i read which helps,but im in desperate need of a new mattress,great post,thank you

  46. Daniella Keating

    So many fab tips! I used to not be able to sleep without the TV on but I can now go sleep to silence which is fab.

  47. Ashton Gibbs

    These are great tips. I rarely manage to get an undisturbed night’s sleep, and also struggle to drift off in the first place. I usually leave the TV on a timer to drift off, but should definitely try music too. 🙂 Leaving technology alone might be a struggle though… 😉
    Ashton xx

  48. Angela Ricardo Bethea

    These are absolutely helpful and great suggestions for a good night sleep. Lately, with all the meds that I’m taking, keeping awake is my concern lol.

  49. Zoe

    Beautiful post, x. For me, personally, I use an aromatherapy rollerball and a mindfulness soundtrack – a lethal combination for a full night’s sleep.

  50. Tina Gleisner

    When my husband snores I use earplugs & yes, I do need to find some music to play all night to mask the snoring which I still hear even with earplugs.

  51. Zara Anne Lonsdale

    This is super helpful, as a student I often find I can’t sleep at night because I’m either thinking about my work, dwelling on assignments or considering where my course will take me.

    These tips may prove to be helpful in helping me sleep especially the light one because I’m usually on my phone just before bed which maybe isn’t a good idea! Fantastic post xx

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