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Sleeping Beauty

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Getting a good nights sleep

As a Sunday night insomniac myself, Monday mornings are unpleasant and ugly (literally!) For full frontal insomniacs this advice may not be of assistance, but it’s worth a try.

BATH BEFORE BED

Sounds like a step from a baby’s routine but it works, a hot bath relaxes you and when you get out – your hot body contrasts with the colder air outside – encouraging the presence of the ‘drowsy’ chemical in your body! Hop in to bed and you will soon slip into a sweet dream.

NO TV OR LAPTOP!

Revert to entertainment via a book or magazine rather than scrolling down Facebook or Twitter on your iPhone. Reading helps you feel sleepy whilst educating you at the same time.

SWIG LUKE-WARM MILK

Doing this 15 minutes before you plan to nod off will soothe the nervous system. As milk contains calcium, it works directly on jagged nerves to help you unwind.

WIGGLE YOUR TOES (REALLY!)

12 times. Why? According to the science of Reflexology your feet are a master control panel for the rest of your body, some research has shown that wiggling your toes can relieve stress,

AVOID MIDNIGHT SNACKS

Eating up to 2 hours before bed can unsettle your stomach. Feeling too full can leave you feeling uncomfortable.

REGULAR BED TIME

Bodies crave a routine, so pick a time each night to sleep and stick to it. Even if you don’t think you’re tired when the time comes, your body will love you and soon repay the favour by letting you kip whenever.

HIDE ALL TRACES OF TIME

Illuminated alarm clocks sat on the bed side table haunt you at all hours. “What time is it?” you wonder. Alarm clocks antagonize you when you only have 3 hours left til you wake, so cover them with a piece of clothing and dream on.

COUNT SHEEP

An old traditional method, which helps focus the mind and keep away those intruding thoughts which persist on popping to the front of the mind where they are not wanted.

 

Words by Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky

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