Half of UK workers lose an average of nine hours of sleep each week because of stress, according to new sleep research. What’s more, the lack of sleep not only can make you groggy the next day, but can also have a significant impact on your ability to focus, solve problems and complete tasks.
To help ensure that you have a quality night’s rest, the NHS recommends the following practices:
- Establish a regular bedtime routine. Doing so will help programme your body to sleep better. Go to bed at the same time every night, and create a habit of winding down beforehand by doing activities such as reading a book or taking a bath.
- Don’t overindulge before bedtime. Too much food or alcohol before bedtime can interfere with sleep patterns. While alcohol may help you fall asleep, it can interrupt it later in the night.
- Create a restful sleeping environment. TVs and other electronic gadgets can interfere with your ability to wind down because of the blue light they emit.