We all know that sleep is good for our overall health, reducing stress levels, giving our bodies time to relax and repair. But most of us aren’t getting the recommended seven hours each night.
Then when we do get to bed, sometimes it’s easy to drop off, other times you’re left staring at the ceiling waiting.
No matter your bedtime ritual, a study by researchers at Penn State University in the US has found that hitting the hay just a little earlier can have a positive effect on your blood pressure.
Finding an extra 43 minutes to prioritise sleep each night might take a little creative time management during the day.
But let’s face it, do you absolutely have to watch that fourth episode of <insert latest Netflix series binge of choice here>? Probably not.
If you have trouble falling asleep, try shaking up your bedtime routine.
Go to bed an hour earlier anyway – even if you swear you’re not tired.
Unless you’re an insomniac, you’ll find yur body overrides your brain and with a little practice, you’ll drift off faster than you think.