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Sleep: it’s bloody brilliant.
Who doesn’t love a good kip? Whatever the hell you’ve dealt with during the day, whether it’s your boss being a pain in the backside or just a to-do list the size of Wales, there’s nothing like laying down in bed and waking up a good nine hours later feeling refreshed and ready to conquer.
Of course, there’s a lot of stuff that can go wrong. That’s why we’ve put together this complete guide to getting the perfect night’s sleep.
First, why you should bother
You might have heard the nonsense about Thatcher and Trump only getting three or four hours a night, but ignore it. For us humans, a good eight hours of sleep is the right way to go. Here’s why:
So, if you’re not worried about being fitter, less sick, less likely to die at 50, hotter, smarter and better in bed, feel free to leave the room now.
Oh, no-one? Then we’ll proceed…
Step 1: Set a schedule
One of the best ways to ensure killer sleep is to get in touch with your body’s natural circadian rhythm (otherwise known as the sleep schedule). Sleeping at exactly the same time each day will help you feel waaaaaay more refreshed. Consistency is king. Here’s how you nail it:
Step 2: Keep that schedule in line
The key part of developing a proper sleep schedule is to ensure that, once you’ve got it in place, you keep it there. Unfortunately, a lot of modern life seems custom-made to mess with your sleep cycle. Here’s how you can stop the information age screwing with your brain.
Step 3: Build a sleep-friendly room
Your bedroom should be optimised for sleep above all – not full of TVs, iPads and mobile phones. The more soothing the atmosphere, the better.
Step 4: Diet and exercise
Aaaaah, everyone’s favourite bit. Yes, KFC banquets are a glorious thing. However, they’re also a sleep killer. Both diet and the amount of exercise you get can seriously impact your sleep levels.
Step 5: Free your mind
If there’s one thing guaranteed to stop almost anyone sleeping, it’s stress. The last thing you need is to be up late worrying about something though, of course, everyone does it here and there. Here are some ways to help calm yourself when there’s something troubling you:
Remember, sometimes you may actually need to see a doctor!
Though you should go through all of the above points when trying to improve sleep, there really are some circumstances in which it’s best to consult a physician. These include:
Block out the world’s noise