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Sleep - getting the right balance

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 sleep balanceIt is important to get a good night's sleep. Sleep plays a crucial part in your overall wellbeing. The number of hours a person needs to sleep varies, but usually eight hours a night is about right.

If you regularly sleep for more than eight hours a night and still wake up less than refreshed, the chances are you're getting too much. What you need is quality sleep.

Top tips to help you get the balance right:

A good start is to get enough exercise during the day - regular exercise has been shown to improve sleep. Exercising in the morning or afternoon - at least three hours before bedtime, so you have time to wind down - may help you get a deeper, more restful sleep.

  • Create a routine
    Keeping a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends, may help develop a sleep-wake rhythm that encourages better sleep.
  • Eat at the right times
    A heavy meal before bed can lead to bloating or discomfort, and fluids can require disruptive trips to the bathroom. A light snack, however, can prevent hunger pangs and help you sleep better.
  • Declutter
    Spend some time making your bedroom into a more peaceful place - if there are clothes to be ironed next to your bed, or a pile of bills on your bedside table, you should consider the effect this will have on your ability to relax. Make your bedroom an inviting place to sleep with low lighting and no clutter.
  • Make a list
    If you feel it would be beneficial, spend some time writing down your 'To Do' list for the next day, before you go to bed. That way you don't shut your eyes with the sense that you may have forgotten something important. You can safely relax as your list will be there when you wake up!
  • Be positive
    Above all, tell yourself that you are going to have a relaxing evening followed by a refreshing sleep!

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