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It’s recommended we all get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Otherwise, we run the risk of our bodies and minds becoming sleep deprived. By prioritising sleep your body will reap the benefits – from physical recovery to mental wellbeing.

According to new research conducted on behalf of Harvey Norman, 29% of those surveyed said their sleep very much affects their mood and energy.

34% said they take between 16-30minutes to fall asleep, followed by 23% taking 31-45 minutes, 15% of respondents took 0-15 minutes and another 15% took between 46-60 minutes to get to sleep.

Some of the factors mentioned for impacting sleep the most included, room temperature (63%), followed by bed discomfort (62%), noise, light levels and their family. Others mentioned stress, anxiety, overthinking and pets.

Do you feel your sleep is suffering? Here are some top tips to help you get a good night’s rest:

Avoid the screens: It goes without saying that our phones are often part of bedtime routines but the blue light being emitted by the screen actually plays havoc with your body’s circadian rhythms by suppressing the sleep inducing hormone melatonin in the brain, which is what we need in order to feel sleepy.

Limit your caffeine intake: Lots of people rely on caffeine to wake up in the morning or throughout the day but this could be having a negative impact on your sleep. Limiting your caffeine intake 4-5hrs before sleep will help your body to naturally relax. If you want a warm drink, you can always try a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea instead.

Don’t go to bed hungry: If you find yourself feeling peckish before bedtime but you’ve already eaten dinner, there is no harm in having a light snack. In fact, certain foods can actually help to promote sleep. Obviously a second dinner isn’t a good idea but dairy products, such as milk or yoghurts are actually known to be sleep-inducing foods.

Comfort is king: Your bedroom should be a relaxing space, kept for rest and sleep. The temperature shouldn’t be too hot or cold and ideally, the room should be dark and quiet for sleep. Your bed should also be comfortable, whether that’s hard or soft, high or low, it’s important to have a bed and mattress to your liking for a restful night’s sleep.


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