TIPS FOR SWEETER DREAMS

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | BIG READ -

SPRITZ A SOOTH­ING SCENT

Scents in­clud­ing laven­der and camomile may help you sleep more soundly. While you can buy spe­cially for­mu­lated pil­low mists, try mak­ing your own by mix­ing a few drops of es­sen­tial oil with wa­ter in a spray bot­tle.

CRE­ATE A COSY OA­SIS

Sleep specialist Dr Justin Hund­loe says en­vi­ron­ment could be a key fac­tor con­tribut­ing to a rest­less sleep. “Min­imise light, noise and ex­treme tem­per­a­tures in the bed­room,” he says.

SLEEP IN SOCKS

Wear­ing socks to bed may not be sexy, but re­search sug­gests keep­ing your toes toasty could help you drift off into dream­time.

FOL­LOW A REST­FUL ROU­TINE

“Go to sleep at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morn­ing,” Dr Hund­loe says. “Fol­low a rou­tine to help you re­lax be­fore sleep — read a book, lis­ten to mu­sic or take a bath. Avoid caf­feine and al­co­hol within six hours of bed­time and avoid eat­ing a heavy meal late in the day.”

LAY OFF THE NANNA NAPS

“Re­frain from tak­ing naps dur­ing the day and go to bed only when you are drowsy,” Dr Hund­loe says.

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