Top Tips for a Good Night's Sleep


Posted by Discover Northern Ireland

Published May 6, 2020

Sleep plays a vital role in a person’s good health and well-being. It is just as important to our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing and is vital for maintaining good mental and physical health.

Stormont Hotel, Belfast

Stormont Hotel, Belfast. Image courtesy of Hastings Hotels.

Phil McCartan, Hastings Hotels’ resident sleep expert and housekeeping manager at the Stormont Hotel, who has taught Gary Barlow, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Chris Evans how to make a bed, has put together her top tips on getting a good night’s sleep.


Spend more time outdoors, especially at the beginning and end of the day. The less connected you are to natural cycles of darkness and light, the harder it is to adjust to the time change.

Bedroom Environment

Eliminating external light and noise can help you get a better night’s sleep. Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, relaxing and clean place. Avoid working from home in your bedroom and keep it a haven for sleeping.

Avoid Caffeine

Limit your caffeine intake in the hours before bed. Caffeine is a stimulant and can affect your quality of sleep.

Take a warm bath

A relaxing bath, shower or even a warm foot bath before bed can improve the quality of sleep and help you fall asleep faster.

Nightly brain dump

Write down any stresses or worries you might have before going to bed and leave them on the piece of paper.

Switch off

Studies have shown that using a device set at top brightness for two hours suppresses the normal night-time release of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Try to also have at least an hour before bed without TV, phones or computers.

Relax in the evening

Relaxation techniques before bed have been shown to improve sleep quality and are another common technique used to treat insomnia. Why not try listening to relaxing music, taking a hot bath or reading a book.

Stay consistent

Being consistent with the time you go to sleep and wake each morning can aid-long-term sleep quality.


We hope you enjoy these tips. Give them a try and let us know how you get on. #DiscoverNI

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