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Sleep week: Is your lifestyle affecting your sleep?
Tuesday, 2 June · 2 min read

Lifestyle habits play a role in determining how well you sleep at night.

So it’s worth asking yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you wake up early on weekdays and lie in on weekends?
  2. Do you work out less than 4 hours before going to sleep?
  3. Do you use electronic devices, such as mobile phones, less than an hour before bedtime?
  4. Do you do mentally demanding activities, like studying, less than 90 minutes before bed?
  5. Do you eat heavy meals just before bedtime?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your daily habits could be affecting the quality of your sleep. This is because:

  • you’re more likely to sleep well if you get up at the same time each day
  • cardio exercise can interfere with your sleep if carried out too close to bedtime
  • the blue light emitted by electronic devices can trick your body into thinking it’s daytime, making it harder to fall asleep
  • stimulating activities can make it harder for you to unwind
  • a big meal just before bed can disrupt digestion and sleep

Quote of the day

Sleep is an investment in the energy you need to be effective tomorrow. -- Tom Roth

Using feng shui to sleep better during times of stress

During times of anxiety or worry, your sleep can suffer.

One way you could improve it is by making changes to your home environment, using the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui.

Feng shui involves arranging your living and work space in a way that promotes harmony and it's thought that this harmony not only makes you feel better, but can also improve your sleep.

This infographic by the US organisation Better Sleep Council explains how.

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