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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!

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