#52LittleThings Week 9 – Get Better Sleep

52LT-Week-9If you don’t already know I am taking part in weekly challenges with AXA PPP healthcare to make little changes at a time to become healthier!

This weeks #52LittleThings challenge is to get better sleep. Now if you follow me on twitter you will probably notice I am still on there at 2am most nights. That’s right my sleep pattern is so erratic that even when I get to bed I am still awake for hours. So with this weeks challenge to get better sleep I decided that I need to look into why we need better sleep and what benefits this gives us and also look at what changes I can make to try and get more quality sleep.

Learning and memory – Sleep helps a persons brain to process new information. 

Metabolism and weight - Sleep deprivation could cause weight increases by altering levels of hormones that will affect our appetites. (Can this be the sole answer to my weight?! … I doubt it but I tried!)

Mood -  Tiredness often causes irritability, moodiness, impatience and inability to be able to concentrate.

Cardiovascular Health & Disease –  Lack of sleep can alter immune systems, increase the stress hormones and has also been linked to hypertension! 

So What Bad Habits Do I Have That Could Be Impacting My Sleep?

  • I drink far too much fizzy pop all day and night
  • I watch TV right up till I go to bed 
  • I am also on the computer until I go to bed 
  • I often work right up till bedtime too.

So What Good Habits Should I Get Into To Sleep Better?

Exercise – Regular exercise my help with ensuring you have quality sleep

Bedtime Routine – Now this sounds mad but it must work, as I make sure my toddler has a bedtime routine and he sleeps well! 

Don’t Eat Heavy Meals Or Too Many Fluids - Both of which could make you feel over full and bloated.

Make A List – By writing a list before you go to bed it may help you clear your mind for a more restful night.

My Sleep Targets:

  • Stop drinking fizzy pop at 6pm
  • Warm but not hot shower between 7pm – 8pm (when possible)
  • No working after 9pm
  • Go to bed at 10pm & read a book
  • Lights out at 11pm 

Now this is going to be my target moving forward. After months of complete exhaustion, appalling concentration and irritability I am really hopeful making changes will help. I have to say I can’t believe I have not made these changes before but I hadn’t really thought about the fact it was effecting everything in my day to day life. 

If like me you are wanting to get some quality sleep and you would like some more information, AXA PPP healthcare has a healthy Living Guide HERE which contains some helpful tips ……. However it seems not every one in The Oliver’s Madhouse has issues with sleep! 

Toddler SleepingHow well do you sleep? 

Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with AXA PPP healthcare’s #52LittleThings and I have been compensated for this post. However all words and thoughts were developed and written by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse

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28 Responses to #52LittleThings Week 9 – Get Better Sleep

  1. Jenny says:

    What a great post, thanks for sharing the information. Mr P struggled with sleep badly I will take your tips and see if they help me. Thanks hun ;)

  2. Here’s hoping that this works out for you, sleep is so vital for maintaining health & yet often overlooked. I find staying off the PC after 9 pm the toughest of all to achieve!

  3. Mummy of Two says:

    Good luck! I couldn’t cope without a decent nights sleep. I have found since giving up work I stay up a little later but it isn’t very often I can stay awake past 11!

  4. Notmyyearoff says:

    I am so so terrible at good sleeping habits – its no wonder I suffer from insomnia so badly. I love these little tips – I might borrow a few, inlcuding the fizzy pop one :)

  5. Pinkoddy says:

    Best of luck as I can see this being your hardest one yet.

  6. I’ve been trying to do lights out at 11 for about 3 years now. Ever since I joined twitter, in fact ;)

  7. I’m on a new regime of yoga and good food and more rest myself having been a bit poorly. We really must nurture ourselves too. Yep, lights out at 11!

  8. HPMcQ says:

    i’ve kept a note pad next to my bed for years now, certainly does help clear my mind and also if you suddenly wake as you’ve remembered something you don’t then spend the next hour continuously thinking about it!

  9. MummyTries says:

    Good luck lovely, look forward to hearing how you get on. I’m rather envious of your sleeping opportunities tbh, my time will come though

  10. Honest Mum says:

    Fab tips, urgh so need better sleep here too-despite doing all the right things, I just don’t make kids that sleep!

  11. How are you doing with it? I have a target of bed by 10 with a book too, mostly ti bed by 11 with the book! I’m improving….

    Mich x

    • Jaime says:

      I am certainly improving its gone from 3am finishing work to finishing around 11-12 and asleep not long after .. so next week i am going to try harder! xx

  12. Emily says:

    It’s me here too that needs to improve my sleep routine more than the children!

    Some great goals there, I must try this too! xx

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