It’s time for us to get more rest

By Drum Digital
01 November 2016

A new study has revealed that Britain is the most sleep deprived nation in the world, with 37 per cent of Brits not getting enough shut eye.

In research conducted by insurance company Aviva, it was found that out of 13 countries, Britain had the worst track record when it comes to bedtime slumber.

Lack of sleep impacts various areas of our lives and as well as feeling sluggish and drowsy, two out of five of the population says they have no energy left to exercise because of rest deprivation.

Aviva medical director Doug Wright explains that busy lives and long working hours can be a recipe of disaster for our sleep patterns.

“Our fast-paced lives in the U.K. factor in little time for rest and relaxation, while our working culture encourages long hours, both in the office and at home,” he said.

“Taking time off is discouraged, while the days of taking a full hour’s lunch break are long gone. We’re also famously bad at relaxing during our downtime. If we’re not checking work emails or taking work home with us, we’re trying to whittle down our personal to-do lists.”

While resting and winding down is easier said than done, here are some tips on how you can help ease yourself into a good night’s sleep.

Take a break

During your working day pry yourself away for your desk for at least 10 minutes. Shorter lunch breaks and eating at your desk have become commonplace, but it’s important to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Stepping out into the fall sunshine will revive you for the afternoon, and will stop you reaching for sugary snacks for a pm boost.

Don’t check emails

Checking your emails at home is part and parcel of most people’s jobs, but banish the habit in the bedroom. Set yourself a cut off time and then wait until the following morning to pick up messages.

Unwind before bed

Hot baths, warm milk and a scented candle will help set the tone for the night. Neom do a great range of calming candles that will help your body relax before bed. Bath oils like the ones from Jo Malone can also help your body and mind switch off.

Incorporate lavender to your bed

Whether it’s in the form of a pillow spray like Crabtree and Evelyn lavender mist, or added to an eye mask, like Catherine and Jean’s superb lavender infused Alexis Eye Mask, lavender’s soothing sent will help lull you to sleep. Adding some calming music can also really help you drift off to the land of nod.

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