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Don’t get hooked on sleeping pills – try these natural solutionsMany people rely on sleeping pills to get to sleep at night, whether they’re prescribed or over-the-counter. However, medication will only work in the short term and you can end up becoming reliant. This makes overcoming sleeplessness even more difficult as the pills become less effective over time. Sleeping pills also have nasty side effects such as dizziness, depression and an inability to concentrate. Before you resort to medication it’s best to try as many natural solutions as possible. wake up lights useful for this as they wake you up gently and naturally no matter what time it is. You can simulate dawn at any time with the Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30.
Cut out blue light from electronicsAvoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol late at night, as these will keep you up. The screens of smartphones, computers and tvs have a similar effect as the light they emit stimulates your brain. A good idea is to stay away from electronic devices for an hour or so before bed. The perfect chance to catch up on those books you’ve been meaning to read! If you need to be in front of a screen, try a set of Computer Glasses & Reading Glasses. Computer glasses are specially designed to filter out blue light.
Check your sleeping environmentMake sure your sleeping environment is cosy and inviting and don’t spend time in the bedroom for activities that aren’t sleep-related. A warm bath or some light yoga exercises can help your body to prepare itself for sleep. To stop a restless mind, try creating a to-do list before bed so that you’re not suddenly struck by little things you’ve forgotten about. And don't forget about bedding! Being too hot, too cold or just plain uncomfortable in bed will stop you sleeping. One of our favourites is the Boo Living range - the Boo Living Bamboo Pocket Pillow and Boo Living Bamboo Pocket Duvet are amazing at regulating temperature due to the moisture-wicking properties of bamboo fibre. They're also a natural dust mite repellent!
Beurer SE 80 Sleep Sensor will do all of this and more for you while you sleep using the latest technology. It’s a small disc that sits underneath your mattress and can monitor your breathing rate, heart rate and how often you wake up during the night. When you connect the sensor to your smart phone, the SleepExpert app will show you all of your stats in easy to read charts and graphs, analysing it to give you a Sleep Score out of 100. It uses your information to give you personalised tips on how to sleep better, and can even tell you if you may be suffering from conditions like sleep apnoea.