The Sleep Council UK have launched
their annual initiative, Sleeptember, which will run throughout the
month of September. The aim of Sleeptember is to remind people
about the health benefits of a good night's sleep and follows on
from a recent survey they conducted into the nation's sleeping
patterns.


Officially dubbed 'Stresstember',
due to children going back to school and routines returning to
normal, September has been proven to be a particularly significant
month for negative sleep routines. The Sleep Council's survey,
which identified sleeping patterns nationwide, discovered that 70%
of those interviewed suffered with a sleeping disorder such as
insomnia, night terrors or 'Restless Leg Syndrome'. 72% of adults
also blamed stress as one of the main contributors of a restless
night. 


If you're one of those struggling to
drift off this September, Silentnight's sleep expert, Dr Nerina
could help. Here she reveals the secret to a great night's sleep
with just a few of her most effective tips:


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 surfing the internet during this time.


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 and junk. 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