Sleep problems are common enough, but consultant neurologist and Goodnight Britain presenter Dr Kirstie Anderson has created a Good Sleep Guide, showing just how you can stop them spoiling your life…
One thing Dr Anderson advises is resetting your body clock. As the Radio Times reported, scientists have identified a photoreceptor within the eye that helps to set your body clock by responding to sunlight. Therefore, it is not just important that you get enough sleep, the time you sleep is important too. The guide recommends blackout blinds and earplugs.
Of course, the amount of sleep you get will affect your life, and the guide highlights this. Dr Anderson says: “People think they can sacrifice a couple of hours’ sleep because it’s the least important part of the day. It isn’t.”
When snoring is an issue, old-hat tricks like sewing tennis balls into pyjama tops won’t work, the specialist says. If you are overweight and want to sort our snoring, losing weight can help. This is because weight pressing down on the soft tissues located on the back of the neck closes off airways. Cutting down on alcohol can also help with snoring.