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Tired? Three Tips for Better Sleep

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Sleep, worldwide, is now becoming a problem. By college or university, experts believe that up to 70% of us are not getting enough sleep - and that carries on into adulthood. Even for the 30% who do get enough hours, that sleep may be low quality, disturbed and just not doing the job it's meant to. Here are three tips which may help you sleep better and feel less tired:

1. Keep your bed comfortable.

A mattress should be replaced every five to seven years in order for it to have a sound structure and provide the support you need while sleeping. Your bed, ideally, should also be made each day so that when you come to it at night, subconciously it looks comfortable, welcoming and calming. 

2. Eat sensibly.

Your digestion and metabolism are strongest at lunchtime so make this meal your big meal of the day. After lunch, avoid caffeine and alcohol as these can both negatively effect your sleep cycle. Finally, eat a light meal around three hours before bed to avoid you waking up in the night with hunger pangs. 

3. Switch-off screens. 

I think it's well known by now that screens emit a blue light, triggering your brain to stay awake for longer. Turn off your screens and instead read a book (and if you use an e-reader turn the brightness down as much as you can bear), listen to some music or just cuddle up in bed and talk to a loved one. 

Do you have trouble sleeping? Or do you manage to nod-off without any issues? If you have any tips to share, let me know below. 

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