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In honour of National Bed Month, we have put together a few top tips to get the best nights’ sleep possible. It has become apparent that as a country, we struggle to get a good night’s sleep with a third of people in the UK complaining they don’t get enough sleep and 25% of people saying they use alcohol to help them doze off. With the increasingly busy lives we all lead, it is more and more important that we are getting enough sleep as this can help with learning, improving attention and concentration, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping your heart healthy (Bupa, 2018).

1. Relax

According to the British Heart Foundation, around half of the UK population suffers from sleep problems which are stress induced. This can be helped by taking some time to relax. It is also beneficial for some people to keep a notebook and pen at the side of your bed so that you can write a to do list before bed to avoid keeping worries in your mind.

2. Routine

Having a routine is said to help your body to programme itself to naturally fall asleep and then wake up again at certain times, much like with babies and children. A familiar routine will signal your brain that it is time to sleep and, where possible, is most effective when you stick to it as much as you can.

3. Watch Your Diet

Certain foods are said to both help and hinder your ability to get a good nights’ sleep. Foods that are beneficial include tryptophan and serotonin which aid the production of melatonin which promotes sleep e.g. chicken, turkey and milk. On the other hand, alcohol, sugary foods and coffee can all cause a problem for those wishing to get a good nights sleep.

 4. Don’t Watch Your Clock

It has been said that worrying about getting enough sleep will actually stop you getting enough sleep. One way in which to negate this is to avoid watching the clock, and concentrating on the sleep quality as well as quantity. Ensuring you have a dark space which can promote sleep can also help you drift off without concerns for the time.

5. Technology Free Space

Most of our devices emit blue light which is said to reduce the production of melatonin which aids sleep. It is advised to remove all devices from the area and not look at them for at least an hour before bed however this can be difficult so as much technology free time before bed as possible is recommended.

If you are getting enough sleep, and looking for your next challenge, please do not hesitate to get in contact with one of our consultants who would be happy to help!
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