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Are you struggling to sleep? Does you keep your partner awake at night? Perhaps you sleep too much? Whatever your sleep issue - send your question to our sleep expert Dr Nerina who will do her best to help. Dr Nerina will try to reply to as many questions as possible but please be patient. In the meantime, you can explore the sleep advice throughout our Sleep Matters section. If you have been experiencing serious sleep issues for a prolonged amount of time please consult your doctor.

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How do I cope with jet lag?

Jet lag is when the body's inner circadian timer and sleep/wake cycle is disrupted by crossing timezones. I find that meditation can help to minimise my jet lag - try practising some simple meditation techniques for 10-20 minutes on takeoff and again for 10-20 mins as the plane prepares to land. Adjusting your sleep pattern a few days in advance can also help.

How do I get my young children to bed before 9pm - especially in hot weather?

I can’t stop myself from pressing the snooze button every morning - what can I do to get out of bed straight away?

Waking up refreshed and ready for the day ahead really is about following all of my advice throughout the day. Make sure you eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up, stay hydrated, exercise regularly and minimise stimulants. Find out more by visiting the Sleep Toolkit page

I don’t feel hungry in the morning so always end up skipping breakfast - what should I do?

Many people are so used to skipping breakfast that the thought of eating so soon after waking is very unappetising. My advice is always to start small with a banana, smoothie or slice of toast. After a few weeks you will be able to stomach more food and notice a huge difference.

I grind my teeth at night - why do I do this and how do I stop?

Regular teeth grinding is often linked to stress and anxiety. If your job is public facing and you have to smile a lot throughout the day it can lead to a build up of tension in the jaw. Try to release the tension in your jaw before you go to bed. One of my favourite ways to do this is with the 'lion posture' exercise. Get comfortable by sitting, standing or kneeling. Loosen your jaw by gripping your chin with your finger and thumb and the 'waggling' your jaw. Try letting some sound through at the same time. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale forcefully through your mouth. Repeat a number of times.

I’m pregnant and can’t get comfortable in bed - what should I do?