The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Top tips to help you drift off to the land of nod in style

If you are having trouble getting to sleep, you’re not the only one. Philippa Gerrard has some tips to lull you off to the land of nod


All day long you dream of laying your head on a pillow and sneaking in some extra Zs, but when bedtime finally rolls around a wave of insomnia hits. You’re not alone. As many as 16 million adults in the UK say they suffer from insomnia, with many restless nights spent staring at the ceiling.

But there are steps you can take to ensure you have the best chance at getting a solid, restful night’s sleep – even come summer, when the light nights and bright mornings have your eyelids pinging open.

First and foremost, make sure you have the right mattress and the right bedding. If you’re comfortabl­e and the correct temperatur­e, you’ll automatica­lly feel more rested.

There are three common types of mattresses: innersprin­g, foam and adjustable.

There’s no “right” material to choose but, in general, side sleepers need a softer mattress, stomach sleepers need a firm one, and back sleepers fall somewhere in between.

Although there are countless mattress retailers online offering good prices, it’s still a good idea to make the trip to a physical shop if you can, as this will give a real idea of what you like and don’t like.

When it comes to bed linen and pillows, invest in the highest quality you can afford. If you don’t, it’s the equivalent of dressing yourself in ill-fitting, scratchy or worn-out clothing for eight hours a day and expecting to be on top form. An unlikely scenario.

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Amara duvet cover, from £30, JD Williams
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