Not being able to get to sleep or stay asleep is one of the most frustrating experiences we can experience. As humans, we need between 7-9 hours each evening and if this dips below this, we can just about function the next day. However, if this continues regularly, more than 3 times a week, we can experience tension headaches, digestive issues, daytime sleepiness, irritability, loss of focus or concentration and emotional distress.

So what can you do if you experience sleepless nights on an ongoing basis? Seeking medical advice is a must but there are also other options you can explore, especially if you prefer to stay free from medication. We’ve rounded up some of the more unusual, yet just as valid, ways to improve your sleep. And remember, everyone’s different so what method works for one person, may not work for another – there are so many different causes of sleeplessness, it can be hard to find the source but once you do, it’s invaluable knowledge.


Better bedding.

If you’re eating well, living a healthy lifestyle and aren’t troubled by much and just for the life of you can’t work out why you’re not sleeping properly, examine what you’re sleeping on. Having a comfortable mattress is essential and decent bedding, too. Temperature can significantly affect our sleep and if you’re too hot or too cold, then you may want to look at changing your bedding to help you control your body temperature whilst you sleep. It may sound strange but wool has come out top of the league for the best bedding due to the way the fibres are arranged – it can help cool the body during hot temperatures and traps heat during cold temperatures. Invest in a decent wool duvet cover and pillows and see if that makes a difference.  


H7 Insomnia Solution

Working entirely on ancient Chinese medicine, these special plasters work by stimulating the HT7 ‘insomnia pressure point’ (Shen Men) which is located at the point on the wrist just below the little finger. This clinically-tested solution also has a high success-rate, with over 75% users seeing an improvement in their sleep between 6-15 days after first application. It works by relieving tension and emotional issues which relaxes the body and lets the user drift off and remain asleep naturally.


Clean Your Room

Apparently weird and bad smells can interrupt sleep, especially for teenagers. Although whilst teenagers are one of the main culprits of unhygienic rooms, many of us would also have a better night’s sleep with better habits. This includes making sure rooms are clean and tidy and that the windows are opened once a day to circulate fresh air as rebreathed air is low in oxygen.


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