5 tips for better sleep during hot summers

When the mercury rises, getting eight hours of undisturbed sleep can be a hard task - here's how to secure your shuteye.

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One night of poor sleep will probably make you feel tired and irritable the next day, but that's usually as far as it goes. For the majority of people this only happens once in a while, with research showing that 83% of us have suffered with sleep issues at some point in our lives. But for those who struggle with insomnia (regular difficulty getting to or staying asleep), this can lead to long term health problems.

From impacting the immune system, to increasing the risk of depression and anxiety, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, a lack of sleep can affect all areas of the mond and body. So, if you are struggling with getting good quality sleep, it's important to try to re-establish a healthy routine in order to keep your general wellbeing in check.

If the heat is getting in your way, here are some tips from NHS GP, Dr Nisa Aslam:

#1. Don’t force it: This is a strange period we are living through, and you may experience a slight alteration to your sleep as a consequence. And we all know the more we tell ourselves to sleep the more it doesn’t happen. If you have been lying in bed for a while and haven’t fallen asleep, don’t force it. Get up, get some water and distract yourself by doing something relaxing like reading, then try again.

Lavender

#2. Nature’s answers: We all might need a little help getting to sleep whether that is thanks to the summer heat, post pandemic living to cost of living worries . Either with our sleeping pattern or being able to switch off and fall asleep. Lavender has been used as a sleep aid for centuries, and it is acknowledged as a soporific and relaxant by both the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization. Try Puressentiel Rest & Relax Air Spray, a combination of 12 pure essential oils including True Lavender, Rosewood and Roman Chamomile.

Exercise

#3. Exercise: There’s no better way to help with relaxation and stress than some exercise. When we exercise, we release happy hormones called endorphins which makes us feel positive. We also expend energy which will help us feel naturally tired and ready for sleep. Exercising also gives our mind some time to work through things, which will help with worries.

#4. Make time to relax: The day can be full on, and even if it is manageable your mind might still be working overtime with different thoughts. Make sure you put aside some time for yourself each day, even if only 10 minutes. Try to incorporate something you love into each day.

#5. Talk: Talking or sharing our concerns can help us deal with them. Friends may have advice, or simply just airing your feelings can make you feel better. You may find many others may share the same views or worries. If anxiety or sleep problems persist visit your GP.

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