Phew, what a year 2022 was. No wonder more and more people are feeling a heightened sense of stress and anxiety. Sleep is a kind of signal transmitter: If you have worries, you lie awake in bed for hours. “Letting go” becomes an almost impossible task for many. And yet, there are ways to help you wind down and help you sleep well in the new year.

Tip number 1 – The most important thing is to clear your head. Write a diary, review the events of the last few hours, but don’t think about it – and tick it off. Those who take their problems to bed will most likely struggle to fall asleep. A cup of soothing herbal tea or a conversation with your partner before bed may help you to relax.

Do you ever find yourself staring at the ceiling, tossing and turning? Here’s tip number 2! Don’t let yourself lie there for hours forcing yourself to sleep. Get up, read a book, listen to relaxing music, or just do something boring. But make sure it’s in very dim light. Otherwise, the production of the sleep hormone melatonin is suppressed.

Tip three is to stop constantly looking at the clock. This only increases restlessness and will make you more awake. Banish the clock from the bedroom altogether if you can.

Tip number four is all about temperature. To sleep well, the body must reduce its temperature, and this is only possible in a relatively cool room. The ideal room temperature for sleeping is about 18 – 20 degrees.

Tip number five – If possible, make sure you go to bed and get up at the same time each day.

Tip number 6 – A healthy relationship with your partner promotes sleep. It has been found that people who are used to sleeping next to their partner are more rested, fresher, and more focused the next morning, provided that the loved one does not snore!

And finally… your mattress. Tip number 7 – Making sure you are sleeping on the correct mattress is very important. When was the last time you bought a new one? Five, ten, fifteen years ago? Maybe it’s time for a change! When sleeping on an orthopaedically correct mattress you are not only better rested but your body and mind are better prepared for anything thrown your way!

Whatever happens, there is no life without sleep. It is as important as breathing, eating and drinking. Give Wenatex a go. Your quality of life will thank you.

Translation of article contributed by Professor Manfred Walzl.

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