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6/10 people in this country describe themselves as regularly not getting enough sleep

Are you one of them?

You know how rubbish you feel when you don’t get enough, how irritable you are, how daily tasks are harder, how everyday life feels less enjoyable and fun.

Let alone what it’s doing to your health long-term.

This is why it is one of the first things I address when working with a new client.

A good night’s sleep is a corner stone in building solid foundations for good health and wellbeing, whether your goal is falling pregnant, overcoming anxiety and the emotional turmoil after a miscarriage or riding the roller-coaster than can be the end of our childbearing years.

One of my top tips for a good night’s sleep is,

Darkness

Or in other words no light

In order for us to produce Melatonin a hormone that has a soporific effect and causes us to fall asleep we need our environment to mirror the natural world.

Ideally we should gradually lessen the amount of light we are exposed to and then sleep in darkness.

Our body clock naturally triggers the production of this chemical around 9pm and will continue to produce it for about 12 hours unless our eyes and therefore our brain registers light.

If we are exposed to light the production of Melatonin is interrupted, overriding our body clock.

This can have significantly negative effects on our sleep patterns.

One of the biggest culprits for interrupting the production of this sleep inducing hormone is the blue light from a smart phone or tablet.

So my advice to you is;

Sit in dim lighting of an evening to encourage the slow release of melatonin to begin.

Turn all electrical equipment in your bedroom off at the plug so there is no little red light.

Fit blackout blinds or curtains to avoid light pollution from outside.

And the most important of all

DON’T LOOK AT YOUR PHONE OR HANDHELD DEVICE WHILST IN BED

Ideally turn them off at least an hour before you plan to go to sleep.

This will maximise the most effective naturally occurring sedative that is Melatonin.

If you want to read more about getting good night’s sleep check out my other blogs here www.samanthaselby.com/blog

I would love to hear how this works for you, pop a comment in the box below and let me know what you think