The secret to a great night's sleep

Silentnight sleep expert backs new wellness craze...

Next month will see the publication of Zen Doodle Origami, which is predicted to be the hot new 'mindfulness' trend for 2016. Colouring books flew off the shelves in 2015, promising tranquility and peace of mind as you colour and eventually became the publishing triumph of 2015. 


Zen Doodle Origami, by Carolyn Scrace, will be a series of books, some with sheets of origami paper which you can colour in before folding them into a crane, lotus flower or a Samurai helmet. 

Our sleep expert, Dr Nerina, is an advocate of mindfulness and suggests giving these trends a try to shut off and rest the mind. "Try colouring in before you go to bed, says Nerina, it slows the mind down taking the brain from beta mode (highly stimulated) into the alpha-theta states which are almost meditative, this enables and calms the nervous system preparing the mind/body for deep, restorative sleep."

If origami or colouring isn't your thing, why not take an extra bubbly bicarbonate bath? Add two mugs of sodium bicarbonate to a bath of comfortably hot water and immerse yourself completely for 20 minutes.  The bicarbonate neutralises the skin's acidity, softens dry skin and is a good aid in detoxification. Don't use soap or shampoo as the chemicals will reduce the effect. Rinse off and go to bed soon afterwards.

Struggle to shut off at night? Dr Nerina advises some gentle exercise. Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways of reducing stress hormone levels, thus enabling you to sleep more deeply.  The American College of Sports Medicine guidelines recommend three or four sessions of aerobic exercise such as swimming, cycling, jogging, fast walking, for 20-30 minutes per week.

Feel like you've tried every sleep tip imaginable? Try this one… Dr Nerina suggests saying, 'Aaah' can help release pain and stuck negative energy. It might feel weird, but go for it, don't hold back. 1 minutes of this can help clear the mind allowing for deep, clean sleep. 

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