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Why you should get more sleep

Why you should get more sleep

A new Government campaign is set to be launched which targets those aged between 40 and 60 encouraging them to spend more time in bed.

The campaign, launched by Public Health England aims to help the middle-aged live healthier lifestyles and reduce the risk of illness.

Research from the University of Warwick has found that failing to get enough sleep can have deadly consequences, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes as well as obesity. People who sleep for less than six hours a night – more than a third of the population, according to the Sleep Council – are 12 per cent likely to die early than those who sleep for six to eight hours.

Scientists say that sleep deprivation upsets the balance of key hormones leptin and ghrelin, which regulate the appetite and help us know when we have eaten enough.

The modern lifestyle of staying up late and getting up early is a ‘ticking time bomb for our health’, according to researchers.

Here at Adjustamatic we have always extolled the virtues of sleep.

We know that a lack of sleep can significantly impact your brain’s ability to function during the day and that a chronic sleep restricted state can cause weight loss or weight gain, increased stress and the risk of higher blood pressure.

If you’re going to get more sleep, it’s probably better to do so in a comfortable bed. A bed that provides the right postural support you while you sleep is the key to waking up feeling rested and with the energy we need to face the day.

If you are sleeping on a flatbed that is too hard or too soft then you are not being supported correctly. Even the simple pleasures of resting or reading in bed can be disrupted by an uncomfortable bed.

However, the smooth contouring movement of an adjustable bed allows you to accurately change and set your body profile position for maximum comfort and postural health benefits. Better sleep posture can actually help to release strain on muscles and help to improve breathing for conditions such as sleep apnoea and snoring.

For those of you who still find it difficult to drift off into a good night’s sleep, here are some some top tips that might help you:

*Get plenty of exercise – you don’t have to overdo it, even a brisk walk can be beneficial. *Avoid stimulants before bed – caffeine, alcohol and tobacco can all keep you mind awake and can impair your sleep.  Swap your coffee for a milky drink before you head to bed.

*Adopt a regular bedtime routine – to help your body adapt to a routine, try to go to bed and wake up at a similar time each day.

*Keep the bedroom tech free – technology such as mobile phones and tablet computers emit a blue light that can keep our minds active when it’s time for bed. Swap your smartphone for a good book to help you drift off.

*Sleep in a darkened room – block out as much light as possible, particularly in the summer. It might be worth considering thicker curtains or a black-out blind.

*Keep it cool – ideally keep the windows open in your bedroom a little as a hot and stuffy room can leave you restless and unable to sleep.

*Change your bed – have you thought about how a new bed might help you sleep better? An adjustable bed can provide the correct position to support you while you sleep.

For more helpful tips and advice, why not take a look at our Little Book of Sleep? Packed with practical advice supported by our sleep experts, it might help you improve the quality and duration of your sleep.

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