Team shortlist14 Mar 2017 AT 04:03 PM

Celebrate World Sleep Day with well a good night’s sleep

Here's our top 10 tips to help you snooze
Team shortlist14 Mar 2017 AT 04:03 PM
Celebrate World Sleep Day with well a good night’s sleep
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It’s not known as the city that never sleeps, but it might be. Dubai, a brightly lit oasis in the desert, is a place abuzz with technology, where the sky is always glowing from the lights of skyscrapers and where you can pretty much get whatever you want, whenever you want it. But what happens when you’re ready to shut off from the commotion and get your eight hours?

Well apparently, we’re not sleeping. Nope, according to a recent survey 65 per cent of the UAE population are sleep deprived, and it is having a negative impact on our health.

A lack of sleep doesn’t just make us irritable, it can also raise the risk of conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, obesity and even increase the chances of catching the common cold, says Dr Dana Al-Hamwi, clinical dietician and nutritionist, Wellbeing Medical Centre, Dubai.

So, in order to help you get a good night’s sleep – we know, we’re just in time as it’s World Sleep day this Friday, March 17 – we’ve gathered and tested 10 key points that are sure to help you snooze…

1. Stick to a regular schedule.
Try going to bed about the same time each night and getting up at the same time each morning.

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2. Get a comfortable mattress.
We’ve tried many and by many we mean MANY and found that conradsleep’s was by far the nicest. We’ve classified them all as one because well, they all did the job. Added bonus? If you get one that unfortunately doesn’t work for you, you can return it! Just be sure to do that before the end of your 90 day grace period.

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3. Avoid troubling news right before bed. 
Violence in newspapers or on TV may bother some people making it difficult to fall asleep. Books are better.

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4. Don’t go to bed too soon.
If you do, you’ll struggle to drop off or have a restless sleep.

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5. Don’t nap!
It disrupts normal sleep cycles. Skip your nap and see if your sleep improves.

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6. Make your bedroom a “quiet” zone.
Don’t watch TV there. Use it for sleeping or reading.

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7. Establish relaxing routines before going to bed.
Take a bath, a glass of warm milk, or do some light reading.

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8. Develop relaxation techniques.
Learn yoga, deep breathing, quiet meditation or listen to soft music while nodding off.

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9. Avoid stimulants.
Don’t drink things that contain caffeine (tea, coffee, cola, etc) six hours before bedtime.

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10. Exercise regularly.
This helps the body and mind stay healthy.

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