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One in five Belgian people has trouble sleeping. Those aged between 25 and 30 sleep the worst. Why? Being constantly available is making us all stressed. It’s an affliction that has even been given its own name: Social Media Stress. And, what’s the biggest enemy of sleep? You guessed it, stress! But that’s not all, exposure to blue light also keeps you awake.
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The ideal bedroom is dark enough, has a temperature of 18 degrees Celsius and is as quiet as possible. A TV and your mobile phone don’t really belong in the bedroom. Still having trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night despite your best efforts? Why not keep a daily sleep diary? Every day, write down at what time you go to bed, how many hours of sleep you have had and how you feel when you wake up in the morning. This will help you find out what has a negative or positive effect on your sleep more quickly.
Try to keep to a regular bedtime schedule. Every day, go to bed at and get up around the same time in the morning. After a while, this will help you fall asleep and sleep through the night better. Adults should get around seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Limit alcohol or caffeine intake up to three hours before going to bed because they both have a negative impact on your quality of sleep, making you sleep less soundly.
Melatonin, on the other hand, is a hormone that helps you go off more quickly. Try eating a banana or piece of pineapple in the evening, both of which are melatonin-boosting foods.
One final tip: you may find you sleep better after an evening sauna session. Fully unwind in the different saunas (it’s best to end on a sauna at a lower temperature e.g. round off your evening with a session in the Salt Stone Sauna) or take part in an Aufguss session, which causes a rush of adrenaline after which your body will feel totally relaxed.
What helps you sleep better?