Why putting a red light in your bathroom could help you sleep better…
Why putting a red light in your bathroom could help you sleep better (and other ingenious tips from experts to get your eight hours kip!)
We all know that lack of sleep is a major health concern — sleep deprivation can have a knock-on effect on all kinds of processes in our bodies and is linked to problems including weight gain, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
Even just one night of poor sleep is enough to have an impact on memory, according to a recent Swedish study which found that volunteers who slept badly couldn’t remember a list of numbers as well as they did after a good night’s sleep.
But knowing we really should get seven, ideally eight, hours a night is one thing — actually achieving it is quite another.
Seventy per cent of us sleep fewer than seven hours a night, with a third of us getting only five to six hours, according to a 2013 report by The Sleep Council.
Whether your problem is struggling to fall asleep, waking up in the night or simply feeling there aren’t enough hours in the day, here we ask the experts how you can get that fabled eight hours . . .
DON’T GO TO BED EARLY
One big mistake poor sleepers make is going to bed early trying to catch up — then lying there tossing and turning, says Professor John Groeger, a psychologist at Nottingham Trent University.
This can create negative associations with being in bed that turn a short bout of poor sleep into chronic insomnia.