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Not Getting A Good Night Sleep? What To Do And Avoid!

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There are various possible reasons for not getting a good night sleep. From a bad pillow to noise outside your window and the list goes on.

Our founder & holistic nutritionist Daen tells you his top tips to get a good night sleep and what to avoid to get sweet dreams:

The obvious stuff first:

1. Get in to a sleep routine

Go to bed at the same time each night. Try and get into that routine to go to bed and get up at the same time in the morning too.

2. Your Surroundings matter

A dark, quiet and tidy bedroom will make a huge difference. It may seem obvious but preparing for a good night sleep is important. 

3. Consider putting your gadgets away

No screen time at least 1hr before bed. This includes TV, mobile phones, iPads/tablets and computers. Meditation helps a lot of people to calm dow so this could be something for you to look into.
Also, get some sunlight in the morning (without sunglasses) before 10:30am.

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4. Coffee, there is a time limit I’m afraid

Avoid caffeine after midday if you can. A herbal tea, like camomile, may help you wind down after work rather than adding that extra caffeine to your body.

5. Fitness has an impact on your sleep

Regular exercise actually helps you in getting a good night sleep. However, it is recommended not to exercise later than 1hr before bedtime.

6. Your late heavy meal lets you down

The Spanish do it, yet it’s an easy and helpful one to avoid! a big, heavy meal too close to bedtime. Let’s just say that lasagna may not be your best option!

7. It’s getting serious now

Increase tryptophan-rich foods in your diet. Have a banana after dinner. Turkey is full of it and you can also find some in dairy (if you tolerate it) and walnuts.

 

Voila! I hope the above tips help and please get in touch if you have any questions. We would love to hear what has helped you and what you’re working on.

Daen x
Daen Heuston | Co-founder Vitality+Awesomeness and  Holistic Nutritionist & Wellbeing Personal Trainer at Nuffield Health Shoreditch, London.

 

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