Is it just me or do you ever remember worrying about being unable to sleep in your teens? I don’t. Sleep came easily to me and insomnia was not really something I'd even thought about! Fast forward the years and me getting the optimum 8 hour sleep, is actually a myth. Well, it seldom happens in my life – and certainly not consistently. However, its vital we get a handle on it for our wellbeing.

Our bodies and brains repair themselves during sleep, cell regeneration happens and blood pressure drops. Here are four top tips to improve sleep and break the vicious sleep deprived cycle:

1. Importance of a routine

Preparation and routine are the keys to improving sleep, and regulating sleeping pattern. It’s important to go to bed at roughly the same time every night. This will programme your body to sleep better.

2. Set the atmosphere

Turn off any electronic devises, about an hour before bed time to let your brain begin to relax. Make sure it’s not too hot or too cold in your bedroom. Keep the temperature at 18c to sleep comfortably and not get restless.

3. Sleepy scents

Jasmine, lavender and sandalwood essential oils, have proven relaxing sedative properties, and can help insomnia. Before going to bed either sprinkle these scents around the bed, on your pillow or use a diffuser to disperse into the air.

4. Drink to sleep

Have a hot milky drink. Milk contains tryptophan an amino acid that stimulates the production of serotonin, which is associated with feelings of calm & relaxation.

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