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Our guide to a better night's sleep

Losing sleep over sleep? Our handy tips and products are here to help.

Our guide to a better night's sleep.

Losing sleep?

Counting sheep not doing the trick? You’re not alone. Many of us find dropping off to sleep difficult. Luckily there’s lots of things you can try to improve the quality of your sleep and help you drop off to the land of nod.

Signs you aren't getting enough sleep.

Signs you aren't getting enough sleep

Aside from droopy eyelids and persistent yawning, here are some of the other side effects from not getting enough kip.

  • Feeling irritable – Moody mornings and a lack of concentration are both classic signs of a lack of sleep.
  • Feeling hungry – If you aren’t getting enough energy from sleep, you may be compensating with sugary food.
  • Feeling ill – A prolonged lack of sleep can affect your immune system and leave you feeling rundown.
  • Mental health – Anxiety is a common side effect from lack of sleep. 

How much sleep do I need?

Everyone is different in how much sleep they need, but the National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Children need far more to aid their development.

You can find out more about baby sleep by reading our baby sleep guide.

Natural sleep tips.

Natural sleep tips

  • Routine – Try to go to bed and wake up at similar times each day. This helps train your body clock on when it’s time to get some rest. Spending less time on your phone or computer can also help.
  • Avoid late night snacks and caffeine – Eating food and drinking caffeine give us energy. Try to eat less before bedtime and stick to caffeine earlier in the day.
  • Exercise – Regular exercise during the day is a great way to reduce the time it takes you to fall asleep.
  • Go outside – Getting some sunlight in the day is scientifically proven to improve the quality of your sleep.
  • Unwind – Take some time to relax and unwind in the evening. Don’t do anything too strenuous. Apps like Calm, or reading a book, are easy ways to take some much needed me-time.
  • Take a bath – Enjoy some quiet alone-time before you go to bed.

Not sure why you can't sleep? A smart watch with sleep tracking can help you understand your quality of sleep. It gives you a sleep score and helps you understand how much deep and REM sleep you've been getting.

Sleep essentials

Choosing the right mattress.

Choosing the right mattress

If you’re enduring restless nights and waking with aches and pains, it could be that you have an old, or wrong type, of mattress.

Soft mattress – Best for side sleepers that are still when they sleep.

Medium soft mattress – Best for side sleepers and those that move around in their sleep.

Medium mattress – Best for back sleepers as your weight is evenly distributed.

Medium firm mattress – Best for stomach sleepers as they keep your spine straight.

Firm mattress – Best for stomach sleepers of above average build.

Read our mattress buying guide

 

Our 100 night comfort promise

Here at Argos, we want you to get a great night's sleep. And because choosing a mattress shouldn't keep you up all night, we're offering a 100 night comfort promise. So if you're not sleeping soundly on your new mattress, you can exchange it within the first 100 days.

Find out more about our comfort promise

Sleep well solutions

Is your room dark enough?

Is your room dark enough?

The early morning sunrise or street lamps outside your house can easily disturb your sleep.

Solution: Switch to blackout blinds and curtains.

Too hot or too cold at night?

Too hot or too cold at night?

Too hot to sleep. We’ve all been there.

Solution: Invest in quiet fan or cooling mattress.

Is it too noisy outside?

Is it too noisy outside?

An issue if you live close to a road or busy high street.

Solution: Keep the noise away with a pair of wireless sleep buds.

An air purifier on a bedside table next to a bed at night time.

Is your air clean enough?

Allergens in the air may be a hidden cause of sleep deprivation.

Solution: Invest in an air purifier.

Is your room sleep ready?

Is your room sleep ready?

Your environment can play a big part in the quality of your sleep. An untidy space can cause anxiety and leave you staring at the ceiling when you should be sleeping.

Check out our decluttering tips or storage ideas to discover smart solutions for keeping your room tidy.

And if your room is looking a little tired, why not go for a full refresh and create a soothing sleep sanctuary.

Even adding a stylish new lamp, or some comfy cushions or snug throws can make all the difference.

How to relax and unwind before bed

Create a relaxing haven to settle down before you sleep. Setting the mood right can help you drop off sooner and get in to that all important bedtime routine. For tips on how to look after you and your health, take a look at our wellbeing guide.

Soothing scents.

Soothing scents

Lavender is the classic scent for sleep, but chamomile, bergamot, rose and jasmine also have calming effects. Make your own with water and dry lavender or pick up a diffuser.

Dim the lights.

Dim the lights

A dimmable lamp or smart lighting can help you set the mood just right for bedtime. Setting the lights low tells your body that it's almost time to switch off for the night.

Smart clocks.

Smart clocks

A smart clock sets the light in your room according to the time of day. It can also make sure you wake up just right in the morning by adjusting the morning light to the sunrise.

Smart heating.

Smart heating

Tired of having to head downstairs to turn the heating up or down at night? A smart thermostat lets you adjust the temperature in your room from your phone.

Helping your kids sleep well

A sleepy safe haven.

A sleepy safe haven

Give your kids and little ones the room of their dreams. Children and babies need far more sleep than adults, so it's important to create a space that leaves them feeling safe, happy and ready for sleep.

Discover the latest trends with our kids bedroom ideas.

Kids sleep tips

- Keep the evening sun and morning sunrise at bay with some blackout blinds.

- White noise machines can be soothing for many little ones. It's worth a try if they struggle to settle at night.

- Add some subtle kids room accessories that match their budding personalities.

Don't forget the pets

Your four legged companions need somewhere to sleep as well.

Shop our range of cat and dog beds

Recommended products

More help and inspiration

Mattress recycling.

Mattress recycling

Did you know we can take your old mattress away when you order a new one?

University essentials.

University essentials

Grab the sleep essentials you need before you head to university.

Baby guides and advice.

Baby guides and advice

All of our guides and advice for parents, including sleep and travel tips.

Why buy at Argos?