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Tips for improving sleep

Well-being expert Dr Nick Baylis, author of Learning From Wonderful Lives, offers these tips for getting a better night's sleep:
  • Get eight hours sleep in every 24, even if you have to cat-nap to top up on a short night's sleep
  • Don't have a TV in your bedroom
  • Don't let your work intrude into your bedroom
  • Read a good book
  • Have a hot drink or hot bath before bed
  • Watch for your body cooling, that's a sign that you are beginning to drop off
  • A cool bedroom can help you to drop off faster
  • Don't try to force yourself to sleep, if it doesn't come after 20 minutes or so, get up and do some boring chores,until you feel drowsy
  • Don?t 'reward' insomnia with food
  • Once you've established a good sleeping pattern, stick to it
  • Don't cut back on sleep by hoping to catch up at the weekends
  • Be careful about consumption of caffeinated drinks, alcohol, chocolate or eating a big meal within two hours of bedtime

If you still suffer from insomnia you should consider whether stress, night-working, pain or depression are to blame. If not, see your medical practitioner and check whether you're suffering from 'sleep apnoea' - which can seriously jeopardise your well-being. 

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