Sleeptember is back once again courtesy of The Sleep Council UK. The Sleep Council, an organisation backed by British bed manufacturers, aims to remind people about the health benefits of a good night's sleep.
September is renowned for being a difficult month for sleep, with the return of a bedtime routine for children going back to school and others adjusting to seasonal temperatures as the nights begin to cool.
To make these transitions easier, our sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, is here to help you with her top tips to a great night sleep:
Take regular breaks during the day - try to take a lunch break of between 20-30 minutes. Use the time to walk, stretch and recharge mentally. Try to avoid checking emails or browsing the internet.
Follow a regular wind down routine - get into the habit of winding down every night before bed by reading a book, listening to music or having a relaxing bath. Delay going to bed if you feel tense.
Manage the work/home boundaries - try not to let work talk spill over into your entire evening and bedtime. Allow your mind to wind down and switch off.
Exercise - regular exercise is the most effective way of reducing stress hormone levels, enabling you to sleep more deeply.
Minimise stimulants - caffeine has a direct impact on reducing sleep quality. It can take up to 10 hours to remove the caffeine from your body from one tea or coffee. If you are having trouble sleeping minimise caffeine and drink more water or herbal teas. Alcohol can also impair deep sleep quality.
Sleep environment - keep your sleep environment free of clutter. Don't bring work into your bedroom and keep your laptop and phone out of your bed. The ideal temperature is slightly cool so keep windows slightly open or have a fan in the room.