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SLEEP: ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH?
Calum: Getting a good night’s sleep is key to a healthy body and mind. As someone who burns the candle at both ends from time to time, I should know! Like exercise and good nutrition, sleep brings a host of health benefits to your heart, mind, weight and wellbeing.
A third of Brits claim to suffer insomnia at some point in their lives, and that puts them at risk of mental health issues, relationship strain and depression.
In one of the biggest sleep surveys undertaken in the UK – by the Mental Health Foundation – 6,700 people were quizzed about their night-time routine. A third saw themselves as good sleepers.
Too much or too little sleep has even been associated with a shorter lifespan – so, seriously, your life really does depend on getting a good night’s kip!
If you want to lose weight, you might want to consider going to bed earlier, too. Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same parts of the brain. Two hormones control appetite: leptin and ghrelin. The levels of both can be altered by sleep deprivation.
According to Dr Aamer Khan (author of Turn Back Time), two good tips if you have trouble sleeping are to eat two dates and five almonds within 30 minutes of getting up (to rev up metabolism and stabilise blood sugar); and to stop drinking caffeine after 5pm.
Personally, I use a sleep app, Sleep Cycle. Some monitor how much sleep you’ve had. If you have a job, my other tip may be tougher – but, if you can work out what time your body wakes up naturally (it’s often the same time every day), try to stick to it.
The great thing about sleep is, it’s free. You don’t need fancy kit or amazing willpower. You just need to switch off and get your zzzs!
Calum’s known for his bedroom eyes – which, these days, he likes to keep shut!