I love my sleep. Throughout my life I have instinctively held it to be the cure-all for everything - colds, headache, heartbreak. You name it, I'll try to sleep it off. Sleep has been in the news this week, with a global study of sleeping habits revealing that the 'winners' in the Netherlands sleep on average nearly an hour longer each night than in sleep-deprived Singapore and Japan. In the UK, we average just under eight hours, which is somewhere between the two. The conclusion was that we are experiencing a 'global sleep crisis', and we have recently been warned that ignoring the need to sleep is supremely arrogant. Poor sleep patterns have been linked to cancer, heart disease, type-2 diabetes, infections and obesity.
An interesting finding that was new to me was that waking time has little effect on sleep duration, but time going to bed plays a big role. So, if you want to improve your sleep duration, don't have a lie in, get yourself to bed earlier! If you're not tired in the early night time, then consider the following:
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