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Why Can't I get to Sleep?

27 Sep 2020

Humans spend a third of their life sleeping, with an average of 8 hours sleep each night. But if you’re struggling to drift off and get even 4 hours of sleep a night, we have solutions to get a great night’s sleep in Dubai. Whether you’re staying at Premier Inn hotels in the UAE, or in the comfort of your own home, here are top reasons why you can’t sleep and what you can do about it.

1.    Blue Light keeping you awake

We’ve all heard how too much screen time is bad for you. But the blue light emitted from devices like smartphones, tablets and TVs suppresses melatonin – the hormone that induces sleep in the body. Watching your favourite show or scrolling through your social feeds before you go to bed will leave you feeling like you can’t sleep.

So what can you do? Reduce your screen time before bed, even consider leaving your phone in another room. To avoid late night notifications, enable ‘do not disturb’ mode to stop it lighting up at night. If you do have screen time before bed, try wearing a pair of blue-light blocking glasses to reduce the effect on your sleep.


2.    Coffee Breaks

It’s mid-afternoon, you’ve had your lunch and now you’re craving a coffee to get you through to home time. Stop! Drinking caffeinated drinks post-lunch can have an effect on how you sleep at night. It’s not just coffee that’s to blame, energy drinks, fizzy drinks and teas all contain caffeine.

While a mug of coffee in the morning can set you up for the day, after lunch reconsider your beverage choice. Try decaffeinated tea and coffee options on your next visit to Costa, or for a comforting brew before bed, a mug of hot cocoa, warm milk or camomile tea will help soothe you to sleep. Request our Sleep Pack at reception to help you sleep right at Premier Inn hotels in Dubai.

3.    Working late

Whether you’re working on a project, or checking on emails, working late at night can keep you awake. If you’re travelling for work in Dubai, or have a heavy workload to get through it’s important to switch off to get some sleep. To relax your mind and switch off from work, try the Golden Hour rule to wind down.

An hour before bed, take a warm bath or shower followed by a non-sugary snack. Meditation or yoga can help lower your heart rate and leave daily stresses behind.

4.    Midnight Feasts

Snacking on the wrong types of food is one of the main reasons why people can’t sleep at night. Eating a heavy meal before bed will make it harder to sleep soundly, as the body works harder to digest. Fatty meats, curry and alcohol are the main culprits why you can’t sleep.

The best foods to help you sleep at night include milk, cherries, chicken and rice – include these foods in your evening meal to ease digestion and help get a good night’s sleep.

We’re all about sleep at Premier Inn, and we’re so confident you will have a great night’s sleep that if you don’t, we’ll give you your money back. Good night, sleep tight, sleep right at Premier Inn.