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The Clocks Change So Check Your Sleep Patterns PDF Print Email

Switching the clocks back on 26 October 2014 could signal the perfect time to reset your body clock and cleanse your body of habits that are getting in the way of good sleep and good health.

 

In our 24/7 constantly connected world with always-on lifestyles, it is all too easy to succumb to the temptation to skip sleep. However, deep sleep is a necessity, not just a luxury. According to a growing number of experts, including the British Medical Association and Mental Health Foundation, more and more of us could be compromising the amount of sleep we need to maintain a healthy mind and healthy body.

This is a view endorsed by the experts at luxury bed company DUX of Sweden. With over 80 years experience in the science of sleep, they have blended the science of sleep with advanced technology to create beds that offer up to 10% more deep sleep

To mark the end of British Summer Time, luxury bed company DUX of Sweeden has published a series of top tips to help achieve deeper, better sleep.

  • Remind yourself that sleep is not a guilty pleasure, it is vital to good health and wellbeing
  • Keep your room dark to help your body produce more of the sleep hormone melatonin
  • Minimise the number of electronic devices close to your bed – the blue light in these devices can affect the production of melatonin
  • Replace tired out-of-shape pillows with ones that fully support your head
  • Avoid caffeine and keep alcohol to a minimum as bedtime approaches
  • Maintain a balanced diet – fluctuating blood sugar levels can trigger early waking
  • Lie on your back and practice some simple meditation exercises: breathe deeply in and out and concentrate on your hands slowly rising and falling on your abdomen, then visualise your body relaxing, bit by bit from the tips of your toes to the top of your head
  • Don't dwell on anxieties – deal with them tomorrow
  • Invest in the best bed you can afford – you will spend a third of your life here, so it's well worth finding one that's just right for you.

Pat Duckworth, master NLP practitioner and cognitive hypnotherapist adds that contrary to popular belief cheese can help you sleep.  The tryptophan in cheese is triggered when eaten with carbohydrate and this can aid relaxation and sleep.  Tryptophan is also contained in chicken breast, turkey, tuna, soya beans and salmon.  So that is why you feel sleepy after your Christmas dinner!

The facts about sleep speak for themselves:

  • Insomnia in Britain affects over 50% of people – with women more prone to suffer*
  • The leading physical cause of sleeplessness is bodily discomfort*
  • Poor sleep can affect our moods, energy levels and ability to concentrate.

In scientifically controlled tests people in a DUX bed reached deep sleep faster and remained there for approximately an extra hour longer each night. Combining outstanding Swedish quality and design, DUX beds are crafted from the finest materials and built to last a lifetime. The range offers a variety of features that can be personalised to suit different body shapes and preferences, including lumbar support and personal comfort zones. The range is available to view at Harrods on Brompton Road, Knightsbridge and at DUXIANA's flagship UK store at 46 George Street, London. For more information about DUXIANA and the DUX range of beds: www.duxiana.co.uk