The secret to a great night's sleep

Getting your beauty sleep for a big day

Dr Nerina says: "Organising and preparing for any big day or important event can be exciting or somewhat of a daunting task. With a never ending list of things to do and a head swirling with information and thoughts, it can prove difficult for anyone to switch off at the end of the day. Throw in additional stresses and strains of daily life and sleeping through the night can prove even trickier than usual.

"However, getting a good night's sleep in the run up to a big day is one of the most important things you can do, as beauty sleep helps you to feel renewed, refreshed, full of energy and vigour.

"The key to getting some much needed sleep, is to know how to get to sleep easily, and then getting into those deep sleep phases that are vital for skin repair and renewal, this is the sleep that ensures you'll look and feel good in the morning.

"Many of us will have experienced the feelings of anxiety, stress and anticipation before a big day or an event and all these can affect your sleep. "Just try to think of as many positive things that you're looking forward to, and before you know it you'll be drifting off to sleep."

"Here are my top tips to help restless sleepers find optimal energy and balance through sleep and look and feel good for their big day."

  1. Minimise electronic equipment in your room. It may be tempting to tweak that work presentation or even to send out a couple of emails before you head to your bedroom, however you should avoid spending time on laptops and smart phones in the 60 to 90 minutes before bed if you want to look and feel refreshed the next morning.
  2. While some of you may like to skip breakfast if you're in a rush, this can have an adverse effect and actually affect your sleeping pattern. You need to eat healthily and avoid skipping breakfast. People who eat breakfast produce more melatonin and therefore sleep better. Include protein in your breakfast for an even greater effect.
  3. Ensure your sleep environment is just right for you - the right degree of support and comfort from the right kind of mattress and pillow, the right level of light, room temperature and sound levels. The secret to a great night sleep could be as simple as changing your bed / mattress. The longer you keep your mattress, the more worn out the springs become and the less support it gives your body. Research from Silentnight shows 80 per cent of people sleep better if in a new bed or mattress, so it might be worth considering splashing out on a new bed if you find your sleep is often disturbed.
  4. Ensure you are well hydrated during the day - dehydration is a key cause of frequent waking or 'shallow' sleep. This will also keep you looking as well as feeling good.
  5. Research shows that people who go to bed happy tend to sleep better. So deal with your worries before you put your head on the pillow. And if you can't let those worries go then get up, go to another room and write down all the worries in your head on a piece of paper. Then go back to bed and get as comfy as possible.
  6. Remember a good night's rest is much better than you trying desperately to get to sleep. Try not to lie there thinking "I must get a good night's sleep tonight; I must sleep well so I perform well the next day". Trying too hard to sleep can set you up for a bad night's sleep, so don't put too much pressure on yourself. Just relax.

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