Shut-eye is so vital to your health and wellbeing. Not only can it impact in your mood and memory but it also has an effect on your weight, skin as well as your immune system.

But most of us don’t get enough sleep as we are constantly exposed to light even when it is bedtime. The TV, computer and iPad all emit light which can have an effect on your ‘sleepy hormone’ melatonin. Research has shown that these all emit a blue light which can impact on the quality of your sleep.

Any exposure to light during the night can suppress your melatonin levels by as much as 50% even if your eyes are closed.

Making your bedroom darker can help with sleeping

Here are my tips to create the perfect sleeping environment

  • Make sure that you keep your bedroom as dark as possible.
  • Set yourself a technology cut off time at least 1-2 hours before bedtime
  • Cover your LED lights on your alarm clock or get rid of it from your bedroom
  • Wear an eye mask until you can get the light sources sorted
  • Get a low level light plug to ensure that if you do need to go to the bathroom in the night you will get there safely without turning on any lights
  • Put up total black out blinds if too much light is coming in from outside, especially early in the morning

Having a darker room can help with sleeping and aid you getting a better rest at night, so you feel more refreshed in the morning.