The Art of Human Hibernation

In our last blog we declared January the month of Human Hibernation – a time to revel in the relief that now’s the time to stock up on your sleep. But what if the thought of sleep is easier than the act itself? We take guidance and inspiration from Professor Jason Ellis, Professor of Sleep at the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research and author of ‘The One-Week Insomnia Cure’ to improve our sleeping habits..

– Always set an alarm – Being more disciplined about going to bed at the same time each night and waking up the same time each morning will help nudge your body clock back into a regular rhythm
– Prioritise bedtime – Create a relaxing bedtime routine that allows enough time for your brain to wind down and gives you familiar cues that it is time to sleep, for example a bath
– Turn off tech – Set an electronics cut-off time two hours before bedtime and banish smart phones from the bedroom
– Avoid the heat – The ideal bedroom temperature is 18-22 degrees
– No coffee after 1pm – Avoid caffeine after lunch. Opt for herbal or decaffeinated drinks in the afternoons, and don’t eat chocolate in the evening as it contains caffeine
– Change meal times – A heavy meal within two hours of bedtime can lead to a night of restless sleep

Happy human hibernation!

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