5 ways to get a better night’s sleep
Getting our zzzs is as vital to good health as a balanced diet and regular exercise – so make sure you’re not skimping on these. Candis health editor Karen Evennett gives her tips for getting that much-needed beauty sleep…
1. Brush up your sleep hygiene
Allow about 40 minutes to switch off with whatever relaxing routine you find most helpful, be that having a bath, reading, or listening to an audio book.
2. Keep your cool
The ideal temperature for sleep is 18-21°C. Consider investing in a fan to keep your room sleep friendly.
3. Check out nature’s sedatives
Mix up tinctures of the herbs valerian and passionflower. Both influence gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical in the brain, which calms your mind and helps you relax.
4. Consider homeopathy
It’s cheap, safe and a lot of people swear by it. Try Chamomilla if you’re feeling tired but can’t get off to sleep, Cocculus for insomnia caused by mental and physical exhaustion, Coffea if you’ve too many thoughts running through your head; or arnica if you’re overtired and restless.
5. Talk to your pharmacist
You can buy herbal sleeping tablets off the shelf – or, from behind the counter, antihistamines, which cause drowsiness as a side effect eg Nytol (diphenhydramine) in two strengths, and Sominex (promethazine) which is even stronger. They’re not addictive but can interfere with other medicines and you should also limit them to a maximum of seven doses in a month.