National Sleep In Day 2010

National Sleep In DayAs the night draw in, the cold begins to bite and the central heating systems get cranked up, you know it’s almost National Sleep In Day!

This year we’re all being encouraged to make the most of the clocks going back and award ourselves not just one, but a few extra hours in bed on 31st October 2010!

A study carried out in 2009 revealed that if you’re shattered, it could be down to the position you and your partner are sleeping in.

Over 50 per cent of British men snore at night, resulting in a nightmare for millions of British women and throughout the winter months an additional 25 per cent of men snore because of coughs and colds.

The survey carried out by Vicks VapoRub found that as a result of snoring, ‘bed rage’ is plaguing the nation. A staggering 84 per cent of couples claim that snoring results in the bedtime bust ups.

Dr Scott, commissioned by Vicks VapoRub, suggests that the best way to sleep is on your side with your head at a five-degree angle to the bed. If your spine is straight this should elevate your head around 15 centimetres from the mattress.

Almost half of the UK take over 30 minutes longer than usual to get to sleep at night when suffering from a cold with 27% of respondents using products with natural ingredients to help them sleep.

A third of people surveyed wake up more than twice during the night when suffering with the sniffles, and 70 per cent of these respondents have trouble getting back to sleep once awake.

Healthy Sleep Advice

The National Sleep Foundation suggests the following to improve your sleep:

  • Go to sleep and wake at the same time every day, and avoid spending more time in bed than needed.
  • Use bright light to help manage your “body clock.”Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning.
  • Use your bedroom only for sleep to strengthen the association between your bed and sleep. It may help to remove work materials, computers and televisions from your bedroom.
  • Select a relaxing bedtime ritual, like a warm bath or listening to calming music.
  • Create an environment that is conducive to sleep that is quiet, dark and cool with a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  • Reduce or eliminate your intake of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
  • Save your worries for the daytime. If concerns come to mind, write them in a “worry book” so you can address those issues the next day.
  • If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.
  • Exercise regularly, but avoid vigorous workouts close to bedtime.

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