The secret to a great night's sleep

A tech free bedroom for a peaceful sleep

Did you know that the average UK adult now spends more time per day using media and communication devices (eight hours 41 minutes) than they do sleeping (eight hours 21 minutes - UK average)*?

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Our own research even found that Brits spent more time each morning checking emails (51%) and using the internet, than eating breakfast (18%) or taking care of their appearance (32%). 

This heavy use of technology impacts on our sleep, as browsing the internet and social media before you go to bed overloads the 'working memory' of the brain, leading to noisy, thought-filled sleep. 

To help improve the nation's sleep our resident sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, advises turning off all tech at least 60-90 minutes before going to sleep in order to give the mind time to wind down. 

Dr Nerina comments: "75% of people in the UK are not getting a good night's sleep. As people increase the volume of technology in their homes, there are more distractions to keep them awake at night, reducing the amount of quality sleep they receive. Checking emails, social media channels and browsing the internet keeps the brain working, making it more difficult to finally switch off and fall asleep."

Why not try following these handy tips from Dr Nerina to create a wind down routine that will improve the quality of sleep? 

Read a book or listen to relaxing music - choose fiction over work-related reading materials or self-help books

Have a bath and use some relaxing essential oils such as lavender to help promote sleepiness

Switch off tech devices and avoid checking your emails or social media accounts 90 minutes before going to bed - put you phone, laptop and tablets away!

Find more helpful tips from Dr. Nerina here

*Statistic provided by Ofcom Communications Market Report 2014

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