Body & Fitness

Snooze, you’ve nothing to lose

If you were feeling bleary-eyed this morning, is it because you didn’t manage to clock in eight hours of sleep last night? Studies show that sleep deprivation can have a wide range of negative consequences – from accidents in the workplace to reduced life expectancy. Follow these tips for a good night’s kip:

  1. Stay regular. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day. Your body will slip easily into a slumber once a routine is established.

  2. Avoid exercising and ingesting stimulants (such as caffeine) close to bedtime. It will rev you up when you need to be winding down.

  3. Use your bed for sleeping – avoid watching TV or using your laptop in bed. Reading with a low-wattage bulb can induce sleepiness though.

  4. Don’t stress if you feel you can’t get to sleep as it will make matters worse. If you can’t get to sleep within 30 minutes of going to bed, get out of bed and do something boring in dim light until you feel tired.

  5. Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature – not too warm or too cold. Cooler is better than warmer.

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