• It’s what your bed’s for ...

    For whatever reason, if you are not getting enough sleep you are not doing yourself any favours. And the chances are high that you are not getting the amount of sleep you do need. Experts recommend eight hours of sleep a day.

    A good night’s sleep is the foundation on which health improving exercise regimes and eating fresh food sit.

    So how can you ensure the quality and quantity of sleep your mind and body need?

    Professor Matthew Walker, author of the recently published “Why we sleep?” says there are five things you should be you doing.

    1 Maintain a regular pattern
    Go to sleep and wake up at the same times each day. Build up a good biological rhythm and don’t alter it at the weekend. Changing the pattern at the weekend is inflicting the equivalent of jet lag on your body. Get the sleep you need in a consistent fashion. The brain can’t stock pile excess sleep or catch up when you have not slept enough.

    2 Keep it cool in the bedroom
    The best temperature is about 18 to 18.5 degrees Centigrade. The body needs to cool down to get the most beneficial sleep, so a cool room will help take you body in the right temperature direction to get that deep healthy sleep.

    3 Keep your bedroom dark
    Dime the lights around you while preparing to go to bed, and cut out unwanted light while sleeping.

    4 Don’t stay in bed when awake
    If you can’t fall asleep or have woken up and stayed awake for 15 or 20 minutes get out of bed. Go to another room, dime the lights and read a book - do not use your laptop, tablet or smart phone and don’t eat anything. Then when you feel tired, go back to bed. This will train your brain that being in bed is for sleeping.

    5 Avoid sedatives and stimulants
    Stay away from alcohol in the evening and caffeine after midday. Alcohol is a sedative and being sedated is not the same as getting proper deep sleep. Caffeine is a stimulant that keeps you awake and normally stays in your body for up to 6 hours.

    If you want to read more about sleep we also recommend Richard Wiseman’s “Night School - wake up to the power of sleep”.

    Of course, all this talk of beds and sleep begs the question whether you be using yours for your sexual adventures.

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