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SLEEP ADVICES FROM 5 GURUS

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This small guide was put together by the people from Express and focuses on five domains that affect your sleep quality.

THE DOCTOR. Dr Guy Meadows

“If you find that you are struggling to get to sleep bring your awareness to something that you can actually feel, such as your pillow or your night clothes. This will help to ground you in the present and will also help to calm your mind before sleep.”

THE FENG SHUI EXPERT. Amanda Kenton

“If you have a television in your room don’t just switch it off. Unplug it. Electromagnetic radiation can interrupt sleep. Similarly mobile phones should also be left outside the room when you are ready to go to bed.”

THE SLEEP COACH. Charlie Morley

“Practise mindfulness or meditation, do gentle stretching and yoga or read a book. If you wake in the middle of the night don’t worry. Rather than starting to check emails take a few breaths and try to relax.”

THE PERSONAL TRAINER. Matt Roberts

“Having a steaming, relaxing bath before bedtime is a great way to unwind and forget about the day’s stress, setting you up nicely for a restful night’s sleep.”

THE NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST. Caroline Skirrow

“Magnesium is vital for relaxation and low levels can have a dramatic impact on sleep quality. Boost your levels by eating lots of leafy, green vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and fish.”

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COULD YOU SURVIVE WITH JUST 2 HOURS OF SLEEP DAILY?

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Technology Journalist Mark Serrels wanted to change his sleeping plan from an average of eight hours of sleep per night to polyphasic sleep schedule. So, he wanted to go from eight hours to having 20-minutes naps every four hours. How long do you think he lasted? Well…

This small project began in July  2012 after Mark got the approval from his doctor and wife but didn’t lasted as long as he expected. The first day was a bit challenging but the hell followed the next couple of days with inability to focus and speak clearly while feeling exhausted and looking like a zombie. By day six he decided to shut the whole experiment down because it was too dangerous to continue. “It was like a little adventure, but slowly, as I descended into madness, it stopped being fun and it became a gruelling thing to do,” he said.

 

EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO WAKE

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Replace “lady” with “gent” and this Power Puff Girls sugary quote applies to everyone, everywhere. If sleep decided to run from you in the last couple of days, counterattack. Go to bed earlier than usual and try to see yourself actually falling asleep.