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Dream on- seven ways to improve your sleep habits

Dream on- seven ways to improve your sleep habits
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It has been found that one in three of us suffer from poor sleeping habits and when it comes to our wellbeing, it is something that we tend to take for granted.  Whether it be due to stress, technology or for health reasons, lack of sleep can have a big influence on your day to day activities and your mood. 


Continual bad sleeping patterns can have serious long term effects on our health, with experts linking sleep deprivation to diabetes, strokes, heart disease and weight gain. The prioritisation of getting a good night's sleep is just as important as eating well and exercising regularly and there are things we can all do to maximise the chances of us getting a better night's sleep. We all know the basics- no caffeine before bed, no technology,  exercise regularly and eat healthy ect. But we thought we would give you some extra alternative tips to ensure that you get a good night's sleep.

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Sleep with the lights off- Not everyone can sleep with the light off but if you can, then do it. Lights can throw off the body’s clock. Your body expects it to be dark at night and bright during the day, so lights can interfere with its natural rhythms.

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Cool your bedroom- Body and bedroom temperature can have a significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Studies have been done that prove that a cooler bedroom combined with heavy blankets, duvets and comforters can be soothing and cosy, helping you to nod off quicker.

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Make your bedroom a place to sleep- It is important that you use your bedroom correctly so that when you enter it, your body knows it wind down time. If you currently use your bedroom to exercise, do your taxes or study, then try and find a new place for these activities.

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Don’t workout before bed- Whilst we recommend doing as much exercise as possible, exercising before bedtime can make it difficult to sleep. 

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Designate a worry time- Many of us lose sleep due to the stresses or worries life throws at us. Why not try designating 20 minutes in the day or early evening to confront your stress and worries where you consider every possible outcome. When the 20 minutes is up, try writing them down to confront them, take a deep breath and then move on.

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Scented diffusers- The right kind of natural and essential oils are a great way to help relax your brain into sleep mode. There is evidence to suggest that oils such as lavender and bergamot have the ability to relax the mind and calm the body.

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Power naps- Do you live in a city? Nap bars are the latest health trend to hit our cities. They are places where professionals can get a power nap during the work day. 

 

 

 

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