Sleep

Top Sleep Hacks

Not getting enough sleep, finding it hard to get to sleep, or not feeling refreshed even after you’ve slept? There are a number of reasons we fall out of our usual sleeping routines. Sometimes these problems simply go away by themselves, while in other cases it can be a symptom of another underlying issue. Either way, you might want to try some of these tried-and-tested sleep hacks to enjoy a better night’s sleep – they’re all simple enough to do with little or no preparation. Get into ...

Morning Routines of Happy Couples

Your morning routine can often determine how the rest of your day is going to go. A stressful morning might lead to a less than happy day, so we’re on a mission to encourage people to create a peaceful sleep-wake routine. This time, we’re focussing on couples and how you can help one another to achieve your morning goals. Let's say your partner's a morning person but the other really isn’t, getting anything done first thing can be a challenge. So how do you go about making your mornings ha...

How Long Should You Nap For?

Everyone’s sleeping habits are different, and while some people feel wide awake all day until it’s time to go to bed, others benefit from a little catch-up nap – usually in the afternoon. Having a quick snooze can boost your alertness, relieve stress and make you more productive for the rest of the day. Humans are unusual among mammals in that we tend to do all our sleeping in one long, sustained period – most of our furry cousins in the animal kingdom enjoy a mixture of short naps and l...

Bedtime Wake Up Calls

You snooze, you lose! Or so the saying goes. Yet Brits don’t seem to be put off by that at all, with our latest research revealing that the average snoozing time on a morning is 30 minutes. We looked into the snoozing habits of the nation and uncovered a host of interesting statistics. Did you know Northern cities are the most frequent sleepwalkers? We even found out that teachers are the most likely to hit someone while asleep. Doctors were the most likely to sleep in on a morning (86%), wh...

The Perfect Morning Routine

Whether you’re a seasoned snoozer, a pro at lie-ins, or an early-riser extraordinaire, everyone has their own preferences when it comes to waking up on a morning. But did you know how you go about waking up can have a big impact on the rest of your day? Setting a few morning rituals can have you up and running in no time. Here we break down a few habits that might just make your mornings better. Get up! …At the same time each day, that is. While it’s bad news for weekend snoozers, keeping...

The Perfect Bedtime Routine

Sleep – some people love it, some people struggle with it, but it’s something we need as a matter of health, it’s something we often crave (especially on a cold Monday morning), but how can we make sure we actually get enough of it? Turns out, having a bedtime routine could actually help you drift off. That doesn’t mean you have to have a warm bath and be read a bedtime story every night, but incorporating a few night-time rituals can really help you switch off and get into the right fra...

How Screens Spoil Kids’ Sleep

In the past two decades, we’ve seen an explosion in the number and variety of electronic devices with screens. While this is great for keeping in touch, enjoying entertainment and getting things done, there’s an increasing body of evidence, and plenty of first-hand experience, that says that too much time spent in front of a screen can harm sleep – especially in kids. The scale According to the National Sleep Foundation, some 43% of school-aged children have a TV or computer in their bedr...

How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

Sleep is crucial for a child’s development, especially at an early age. It’s a time when they can reboot their energy levels, their bodies can grow, and essential hormones that are fundamental to their proper development are released. But how much sleep do children actually need to do all this? Newborn sleep During the first twelve weeks, a newborn baby will need to get plenty of rest. Although they may regularly wake up, they’ll typically go from needing around 16 hours in the first few ...

Classic Stories to Read With Children

Dim the lights, get comfortable and prepare your kids for an adventure they'll never forget - it's time for a bedtime story. Perhaps one of the only things that will convince kids to actually get into bed, reading stories to children at bedtime has been a well-loved practice for many, many years. There are so many amazing stories for kids currently out there, but today we're focusing on five classics children of all ages will love. Ideal for fuelling their imaginations, teaching them important l...

The Importance of Reading a Bedtime Story

Parents everywhere are sure to have experienced their child’s tantrums at bedtime at some point. Whether it’s age-old excuses of reasons why they’re just not tired, wanting to stay up for one more game, or the common internal battle of not letting themselves fall to sleep even though they’re shattered, children seem to have a million tricks up their sleeves to delay heading to the land of nod. Thankfully, children aren’t the only ones with clever methods for bedtimes. Reading a bedtime...

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