Myths about how to have a good night’s sleep

Sleep is a basic human need which most of us feel like we definitely do not get enough of. Even after a restful weekend, getting out of bed on a Monday morning always feels like a task. We bust the myths of the secret to a good nights sleep and give some of our tips and tricks.

Counting sheep

No matter how many times our parents told us to count sheep if we can’t settle, it has never seemed to work. However, concentrating on counting sheep is so mind-numbingly boring it can make your mind wonder about other things. Being alert to actively try and think of something makes us more awake and leaves our minds wondering. We are actively consciously trying to fall asleep- which never works. Finish the tasks you needed to do that day and make a plan of what to do tomorrow, so your mind isn’t worrying or wondering and just rest and think of silly things such as that celebrity couple you never saw coming, or your dream holiday.

Expecting a sleeping pattern after 1 night

Nobody likes having poor quality sleep, and boy it can show… through your skin or your moods it will scream to the outside you’re not feeling rested. Even if you’ve got into bad habits or a really juicy Netflix series, knowing when to create a bed time for yourself is important, and not just the once either. Being consistent means that your body clock will begin to adapt to the way you’re teaching it to behave through practise.

Being on your phone late at night

Okay, so artificial light has been proven to keep your mind awake, but there are some amazing lifestyle apps which now track your sleep, help you meditate and plays music which has proven to put you into a deep sleep. An app I use to calm any late night worries is Calm or Breathe.

Insomnia is un-treatable

Being tired, feeling lethargic and suffering from extreme fatigue and being unable to sleep are two separate issues. After all, you’re only human and humans can be fired up all day. But, insomnia is no laughing matter, but it is curable. The NHS actually backs an online sleep cognitive behavioural therapy course called Sleepio, which is free in many parts of the country. Another tip is to you’re your bedroom for sleeping, not studying or socialising.

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Text: Ellie Botti

Images: Alexandra Gorn, Bruce Mars

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