How to fall asleep

Our handy tips and products will help you on your journey to the land of nod.

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Can't sleep? You're not alone. In their 2016 worldwide sleep census, Sealy reported that 77% of respondents did not feel they were getting enough rest to feel happy and healthy. Navigating through these difficult times is also having a big impact on the nation's quality of sleep. Many of us are suffering from anxiety, feeling isolated, stressed by homeschooling or worried about work. It's never been more important to ensure you get adequate rest. Thankfully there's a lot of easy-to-follow advice out there to help you slip back into a healthy sleeping pattern - so if counting sheep isn't quite cutting it, read on...

Aside from droopy eyelids and persistent yawning, here are some well documented side effects to getting fewer than 40 winks.

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Feeling irritable

Just one sleepless night can leave you feeling moody in the morning - you may also find it hard to concentrate on tasks.

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Feeling hungry

Finding yourself reaching for more snacks? If you're not getting energy from sleep you may compensate with sugary food.

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Feeling ill

Can't seem to shake a cold? A prolonged lack of sleep can affect your immune system so you're more likely to catch bugs.

Ask yourself the following questions - one of these factors could be stopping you from becoming a deeper sleeper.

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Is your mattress comfy?

The lifetime of a mattress is roughly 7 years. Even if it still looks fine it won't be giving you the same support, which may explain restless nights and morning aches.

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Here at Argos, we want you to get a great night's sleep, and because choosing a mattress shouldn't keep you up all night we're offering a 100 night comfort promise. So if you're not sleeping soundly on your new mattress, you can exchange it within the first 100 days.

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Is your pillow comfy?

As well as a mattress, your pillow is an important sleep aid. A single pillow is all you need and swapping to one that's more supportive, orthopaedic or hypoallergenic can make all the difference.

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Do you have the right duvet?

If you use the same duvet year-round you may find you're too hot in summer or too cold in winter. If this is the case then maybe it's time to tweak your tog for a more comfortable night's sleep.

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Is your room dark enough?

Find it tricky to sleep in the summer? A street lamp outside your window keeping you up?

Blackout blinds and curtains are a simple fix. They have a thick thermal lining that blocks out light and keeps your room cool too.

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Are you too hot or too cold?

Not getting the temperature right can leave you feeling flustered and restless. A cool 16-18°C is recommended for adults - kids and the elderly may prefer it a little warmer.

Quiet fans, cooling mattresses and lightweight bedding will help get the temperature right, or invest in smart heating for the ultimate control.

A mattress with cooling properties is a great option if you get too hot in bed.

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Do you need more quiet?

If you struggle to drift off, try Bose Sleepbuds. They help you fall asleep by delivering a library of relaxing sounds with the Bose Sleep app, and cover-up unwanted nighttime disturbances with Bose noise-masking technology. The tiny, wireless Sleepbuds have soft yet durable silicone tips for all-night comfort.

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Is your room a soothing space?

Some have seen a connection between untidy bedrooms and a lack of quality sleep. So, keep your room clear of clutter to create a fuss-free space where you can relax, unwind, and eventually nod off. Make sure you have the right bedroom furniture to keep your belongings out of sight, so there are no distractions as you drift off.

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Soothing scents

Lavender is the classic scent for sleep, but chamomile, bergamot, rose and jasmine also have calming effects. Make your own with water and dry lavender or pick up a diffuser.

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Switch off

Avoid looking at your phone or tablet when you're in bed - the screen's 'blue' light prevents sleep. If possible switch off completely to stop beeps, buzzes and standby lights waking you up.

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Keep a sleep diary

Make a note of how much sleep you're getting and what's keeping you up to see if sleep techniques are working. Many activity trackers can sync sleep stats straight to your smartphone.

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Create a calm environment

Helping your child get a good night's sleep is not just important for their wellbeing but also your own! First things first, you need to set the stage for sleep. Create a restful room for your sleepyheads to snooze in. Pick the right furniture to make sure their room is a tidy and clutter-free space, to lessen distractions and send them off to the land of nod.

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Snooze space

Getting a good night's sleep is vital for children's growth and overall health. It all starts with having the right bed. Pick a good strong frame and make sure they have plenty of room to grow.

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Mattress mission

You need to pick a mattress for your child that gives their growing body support. If your child suffers from allergies, you may need a hypoallergenic mattress or if you have a fidgety sleeper, a memory foam mattress makes for a good choice.

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Sleeping tips for kids

  • Stick to a regular bedtime routine.
  • Make sure they're relaxed. Having a warm bath before bed will help them to unwind.
  • Make sure they feel safe at night. If they're scared of the dark, a nightlight will ease their worries.
  • Avoid screens in their room. Instead, reading or listening to music before bed will help them to relax.
  • If it's too light in their room they may not be able to snooze. A blackout blind is perfect for little ones. It should also stop them from rising too early.
  • Make sure they've eaten enough during the day. Hungry tummies will prevent them from drifting off.

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