Dos and don'ts for restful sleep
Don't drink caffeine after dark. If you have your last coffee in the early afternoon, most of the caffeine will have been flushed out of your body by 11pm.
Although avoiding coffee or tea within 6 hours of going to bed will make it much easier to drop off, it is unclear whether there are any benefits to abstaining outside that time period.
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Keeping a sleep diary of your activity before bed, which helps to ensure you avoid the worst triggers.
You should avoid doing anything strenuous or stressful within a few hours of sleep time
Many e-readers are backlit with blue frequencies of light, which can fool the brain into thinking that it’s still daytime.
Reading on these devices for a few hours before bed seems to suppress melatonin (the sleep hormone) and therefore makes it harder to doze off, compared to a traditional paperback. The same goes for tablets, MP3 players and smartphones.
Meals high in carbohydrates and protein (especially oily fish), but low in fat, show moderate benefits to overall sleep duration and quality, provided they are eaten at least 1 hour before you plan to sleep.
Many restless nights can be linked to sleep apnoea – a condition linked to snoring, in which the airways becomes constricted when you are unconscious.
There are several causes, but some cases may be easily solved by switching from lying on your back, to sleeping on your front or side.
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Now that is an issue most of us face on a daily basis: not getting enough sleep because we are too stressed or paying too much attention to our screens, for different reasons.
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If you find yourself experiencing issues when trying to fall asleep, you might as well consider making your brain believe that night has come.
In order to do this, you could start using dim table or side lamps instead of bright ones, turning on your phone the so-called 'night mode' or using a mask to cover your face.
Whenever we fall behind on sleep, most of us have the tendency to try to catch up during weekends. The result is not that good though: it confuses our internal clock and therefore, we tend to feel even more tired afterwards.
So we should actually try waking up and going to bed at the same hours on both weekdays and weekends and building up a regular schedule that suits our needs.