The secret to a great night's sleep

Do you really sleep better if you live beside the seaside?


The NHS is launching a campaign to help improve the nation's sleep. Researchers claim that we sleep better if we live near to the sea, or even a park or woodland. 

 According to research by Public Health England, there is growing evidence that health problems including obesity, heart disease and diabetes are being fuelled by the nation not getting enough sleep. 

 Data on more than 250,000 Americans was analysed to find out if living in the great outdoors can really improve our sleep. Those who had the worst sleep consistently were living in the most built-up areas, the journal of Preventative Medicine recorded. 

 Professor Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, a researcher at the University of Illinois, said: 'Across the entire sample, individuals reporting 21 to 29 days of insufficient sleep consistently had lower access to green space and natural amenities compared to those reporting less than one week.'

Over 65's with access to nature reported having the best night's sleep and people living close to nature, in tree lined streets reported 'feeling younger. 

 Curious to find out even more to help you sleep better? Check out our sleep expert Dr Nerina's sleep toolkit.  

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