A good night’s sleep (view our integrated blackout blinds) is just as important in keeping our minds and bodies healthy as a healthy diet and exercise, yet research shows that as many as 60% of us are struggling to sleep well. The odd bad night sleep is normal, for example, before an exam or during a bout of extreme stress, yet for some people, they find it impossible to nip it in the bud and get back on track.
The effects of a bad night’s sleep are immediate; we feel tired, lack motivation, and find it hard to concentrate, which often leads to worry about the lack of sleep. Over time, this can develop into further anxiety or even depression, as it becomes so difficult to remain upbeat and positive if we are always feeling tired. From a physical perspective, poor sleep has been linked to weight gain and heart disease, among other long-term conditions, making it clear that sleep is important. So how do we improve our sleep?
Kathryn Pinkham, founder of The Insomnia Clinic, gives us her top 5 tips for sleeping well.