This weekend sees the clocks go forward as European Summer Time begins. And while this extra hour of daylight makes us feel better, we all get less shut eye this Sunday – and a longer day and shorter night can work against us.

However our advice is not to lose any sleep over it! In the run up to losing that extra hour in bed we thought it would be good to recap on some of the most important sleep tips so you’re stocked up on plenty of quality sleep.

• Create a restful sleeping environment. Your bedroom should be kept for rest and sleep and it should be neither too hot, nor too cold; and as quiet and dark as possible.

• Have a proper wind down routine and relax before bed. Try taking a bath, having a warm milky drink (no caffeine!), reading a book or listening to relaxation tapes.

• Eliminate bedroom distractions such as TVs, laptops or mobile phones. Even the legend that is Kylie Minogue recently said “I’ve actually become a better sleeper than I used to be by doing the things you should do in bed rather than the things you shouldn’t, such as being on my laptop or watching TV. Bed should be a place for just two things – love and sleep.”

• Make sure your bed is comfortable. It’s difficult to get deep, restful sleep on one that’s too soft, too hard, too small or too old. If it’s older than seven years, it’s time to look are replacing it.

• Gradually move your bedtime a little earlier, just by 10 minutes or so, in the days approaching the clocks going forward. It won’t seem too bad come Sunday when we lose those precious 60 minutes!

Remember stay in bed and sleep for as long as normal on Sunday morning. Cut back on the chores rather than the snores – it will do you far more good!

If you’ve any other sleep tips you would love to share, please let us know.

Lisa – The Sleep Council Team

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