Five tips to improve your slumber this Sleeptember

The Sleep Council claims many people struggle to adapt after summer's lighter evenings.
The Sleep Council claims many people struggle to adapt after summer's lighter evenings.
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The pressing need to get into a good sleep routine post-summer is being highlighted by a month-long campaign.

Experts at the Skipton-based national organisation, The Sleep Council, are urging people in Yorkshire to redouble their night-time efforts during ‘Sleeptember’.

The initiative offers up tips on sleeping well, while emphasising the health impact of missing out on top quality slumber.

The organisation claims that poor sleep and fatigue are common problems that affect millions of people across the country, while long-term sleep deprivation has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Lisa Artis, from The Sleep Council, said: “During the summer months our sleeping patterns tend to change – longer, lighter evenings and holidays can result in us finding it difficult to get back into a routine.

“Yet many people don’t realise that sleep fulfils a vital role in keeping us healthy and happy, much like proper nutrition and exercise.

“In our Sleeptember campaign, we want people to become more aware of how well they sleep and the host of health benefits quality sleep can bring.”

According to a 2011 survey, nearly half of us are getting just six hours of sleep or less a night, while four out of five people complain of disturbed, inadequate or ‘toxic’ sleep.

In a bid to encourage people to prioritise their sleep this month, The Sleep Council has released a series of helpful tips on how to get a good quality shut-eye.

The right bed: Going to sleep on an uncomfortable bed could deprive you of up to an hour’s sleep a night. You should replace your bed every seven years.

The ideal environment: Keep your bedroom quiet, cool and dark to give you the best chance of a good sleep.

Turn off electronics: Using a gadget just before bed makes it harder to switch off.

Keep a routine: Our bodies love routine when it comes to sleep, so make sure you don’t neglect it.

And breathe: Having a warm bath, listening to quiet music, deep breathing, meditation or yoga can help you wind down before bed.