Women are also much more prone to stress and worry than men and poor sleep can bring on higher levels of psychological distress and stronger feelings of hostility, depression and anger, according to the Sleep Research Centre. And we are at a higher risk from physical health problems such as heart disease and stroke if we don't catch enough shut eye. How much men sleep, on the other hand, does not seem to have an affect on these particular health issues. So while it's crucial for us to combat any stress and worry before hitting the pillow, we also need to look at changing our bedtime.
Are you amongst the 87% of women who suffer from a regular lack of sleep? Insomnia and sleepless nights can be utterly debilitating, affecting our judgement at work and our relationships with others. And with so much technology and distraction these days, switching off is more of a struggle than ever before.
But what if you discovered techniques to beat the late-night tossing and turning for good? What if the strains and stresses of the day melted away the moment your head hit the pillow? Our sleep experts are on hand to teach you the quick and easy ways to a good night's sleep.
From the foods to eat (and the ones to avoid) to the type of bedding and your night-time routine, we've got the secrets to a night's sweet slumber.
First tip? If you want to fall asleep in just five minutes, just breathe. That's right, simple inhaling and exhaling has an impact on every system in your body. Adopt this easy method and you can effect blood pressure, heart rate, emotional stability and even your hormones. Slow, regulated breathing will shift your automatic nervous system, telling your muscles to relax, your heart rate to slow down and your brain to lower itself from 'high alert mode'.
A common yoga practice to release tension and reduce anxiety, follow this super-simple technique and there's every chance your next sleep will be peaceful, renewing and uninterrupted...
1. Lie down in your preferred sleep position. You can also start on your back and roll into it when you start to drop off.
2. Breathe in through your nose on a count of three seconds.
3. Breathe out through your nose on a count of six seconds.
4. Repeat until you fall asleep. If you find the three to six ratio a stretch, then adapt it to what feels comfortable, but always ensure the exhale is longer than the inhale. Sweet dreams...
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