January 15th 2021

7 SIMPLE TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP

2020 was a difficult year for lots of people in different ways. At Lily, we have continued to support our people throughout the pandemic, from remote working training to extracurricular activities such as Zoom quiz and chat nights.

Wellbeing is extremely important to us, that’s why we have partnered with Health Assured to give our employees extra support and guidance.

One big part of personal wellbeing is sleep. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 many people across the globe are struggling, whether that’s because you’re in the home environment all day, you have worries or you are generally not sure.

Here’s 7 simple tips to help improve your sleep:

  1. Sleep at regular times – Most adults need between 6-9 hours of sleep every night. By sticking to a regular bedtime schedule, you will programme your internal body clock to get used to this routine.
  2. Increase exposure to natural light – Natural sunlight or bright light during the day will help you keep your circadian rhythm healthy, which in turn, will have positive effects on your mental health.
  3. Create a sleep-friendly space – Make your bedroom a relaxing and calming environment. Optimise the noise and temperature levels to suit your needs and avoid blue light exposure, as this will trick your body into thinking it is daytime e.g., smartphones, TV’s and laptops.
  4. Separate your sleep from your work – If possible, try to separate your workspace from where you sleep. Working on your laptop on your bed may sound comfortable, but when the time comes to sleep, you may find it hard to shut your mind off from your work responsibilities. Creating a designated work area in your home will help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.
  5. Exercise – One of the most effective ways to improve your sleep. Exercise can help relieve the tension built up over the day and relax your mind. Try to avoid exercise late in the evenings, as it may have the opposite effect.
  6. Avoid alcohol – Drinking alcohol before you go to sleep is a known cause of increasing the symptoms of sleep apnoea, snoring, and disrupted sleep patterns.
  7. Relax – Before you go to bed, do an activity that helps you switch off from the pressures of daily life. This could include a warm bath or a meditation session.

We hope you find these tips useful and get a better nights sleep. If your business operations are keeping you up at night, we are here to help! Our eco-system of business services allows you to collate your services under one roof and benefit from cost savings and improving your operations. Get in touch to find out more.

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