By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 08 July 2020
Recent research* has shown that being rocked will help you sleep better. The participants of the study, slept on a moving bed and the next night on a bed that was still – although they slept in both cases, they fell asleep more quickly when rocked. Our experts offer other tips to help you sleep like a baby in time for World Sleep Day on the 15th of March…
Stress and sleep
The UK’s leading Nutritionist Dr. Marilyn Glenville (www.glenvilleclinics.com ) explains “unfortunately, stress and lack of sleep can become a vicious cycle because the less sleep you have, the less able you are to cope physically and emotionally with the demands of the next day and the more stressed you feel.
This then makes it harder to get a good night’s sleep and you can feel trapped in this never-ending cycle”.
Top tip: Many work places now offer lunchtime yoga sessions because it’s been shown that yoga is an amazing stress buster. “I can’t think of a better way to connect the mind and body allowing you to detox,” advises Adriana Salazar Marcano, founder of Phantai (www.phantai.co.uk).
Phantai have a range of premium Mandala yoga mat’s (RRP £80, www.phantai.co.uk) that support personal development, inner connection and a peaceful way of living. These Eco-friendly Phantai mats are available in a number of colours and are made with Natural Rubber and Non-toxic materials so it’s great for you as well as the Planet.
A smart choice at lunchtime could help at bedtime
Leading London Nutritionist Lily Soutter, (www.lilysoutternutrition.com) working in collaboration with itsu, the healthy Asian-inspired food chain explains how itsu’s Veggie Sunrise Bento box is a smart choice, “This balanced bento box provides a good dose of plant based protein from edamame beans, heart healthy fats from the avocado and a good helping of fibre from the rice and rainbow veg”. The edamame and avocado work in combination to promote the production of our sleep hormone melatonin, combining tryptophan from the protein packed edamame and calming omega 3 fats from the avocado.
Maximise your chance of getting a good sleep with magnesium
If you’re a night-time thinker and you struggle to switch off when your head hits the pillow, then you could try adding a magnesium supplement, such as Natures Plus KalmAssure Magnesium Powder (RRP £24.50, www.revital.co.uk).
Nutritionist Cassandra Barns explains, “Magnesium is known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ and is needed to relax our muscles and nerves, which helps us to fall into a peaceful sleep.”