How To Sleep Better: The Tricks YOU Can Try

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How to sleep better: how to create a sleep sanctuary

Every wondered why your husband always seems to get a better nights sleep than you? Well now there’s scientific evidence to explain it. Scientists have found that men and women’s circadian clocks are set differently. Canadian research has shown that women’s natural sleep rhythms are two hours ahead of men’s – which means women are often fighting their natural body clock to stay awake at night! This can often lead to problems sleeping at night and feelings of exhaustion in the morning. This new research shows women are 50% more likely to struggle with sleeping than men.

Our expects reveal how with their top tips and techniques of how to get a better nights sleep…

So, how much sleep do you really need?

Although conventional wisdom tells us we need eight hours a night, that doesn’t apply to everyone, and the maount of sleep you need is very individual.

The key is how refreshed you feel when you awake, which is influenced by the different types of sleep you get: about 75% should be non-REM sleep (the start of sleep cycle), and 25% Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep (usually when you dream).

The brain allocates the correct proportions in the amounts you need, and if you wake up feeling refreshed then you are getting enough. New research suggests that the optimum number of hours is seven. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) analysed sleep-time data and concluded that if you get less than seven hours on a regular basis, you could be more at risk of hypertension, diabetes, stroke and other cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.

Meet our experts – we spoke to the following sleep specialists about how to get you the best nights sleep you can get!

Dr Simon Merritt is a consultant in sleep and respiratory medicine based at the conquest Hospital, East Sussex, and the Spire Essex Hospital, and is a member of the British Sleep Society

Dr Irshaad Ebrahim
is a neuropsychiatrist specialising in sleep at the London Sleep Centre

Dr Rosemary Leonard MBE is a GP and w&h’s medical expert

Jennie Miller is a Hampshire-based psychotherapist

Christine Webber is a psychotherapist with a practice on Harley Street

Click through to see how to get started on your journey to a better nights sleep…

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