We all know how well we feel after a good night sleep. And we still forget to go to bed in time to have a good 8 hours sleep!

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But why sleep is so important?

A good night’s sleep makes you happier, healthier, slimmer—and it should be right at the top of your list of priorities.

If you’re not getting enough sleep, it can affect every aspect of your life, from your health, to your career, to your mood and even your personal safety and appearance.

The good news is that all is not lost for the sleep front.

Here are thirteen ways to set the clock and start sleeping well.

  1. Set the clock: not to wake up, but to go to bed!!!  Yes, so that we get 8hrs sleep and we stop doodling around
  2.  Is something bothering you? Make sure you set up a meeting with yourself long before you go to bed. Thinking about what matters to you and planning your next move is not a bad thing – it’s just that this is not the best time to do it when you lie in bed
  3. Check your routine! Keep regular hours. Going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time, all the time, will programme your body to sleep better
  4.  Clear your mind before bed by meditating for 20 minutes. This is an opportunity to silence your brain and stop focusing on your worries. It’s the perfect way to release all those stressful little things that have been bothering you throughout the day and will enable you to go to sleep with a clear mind
  5. Make sure that your pillows and mattress support your back and neck and that you are comfortable
  6. Keep cool. Temperate affects sleep and most of us will get a better night’s rest in a well ventilated and slightly cooler room
  7. Don’t exercise too close to your bed time in order to have a better quality sleep
  8. Avoid caffeine from midday, and  stay away from big meals late at night as the digestive process can keep you awake. Alcohol may help you fall asleep initially, but will interrupt your sleep later on in the night
  9. Stay healthy. Being overweight (and underweight) can increase the risk of sleep apnoea, which will prevent a restful night’s sleep. Regular exercise – even if it’s just 20 minutes every day – can make a real difference to getting that all-important high quality shut-eye (I have a free Burn Fat Fast Program with Fran  if you’re interested)
  10. Sleep in complete darkness or as close as possible.  If there is even the tiniest bit of light in the room, it can disrupt your sleep pattern
  11. Take a hot bath, shower or sauna before bed. When your body temperature is raised in the late evening, it will fall at bedtime, facilitating sleep
  12. Keep your bed for sleeping. If you are used to watching TV or doing work in bed, you may find it harder to relax and to think of the bed as a place to sleep
  13. Have you tried AM/PM vitamins? They help you energising your body during the day and let you have a good night sleep. I didn’t believe it at first, until I tried them!

And if you’re reading this in bed, good night!

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