Category Archives: Expert Advice

Sleep quantity or sleep quality: what matters most?

sleep quality

We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep, but how much and what kind of sleep should you be aiming for? It should come as no surprise to hear that, in order to optimise your sleep health in the most effective way, you need to strike the right balance between how well and […]

Why is sleep so important for children?

There’s a lot more to sleep than avoiding tiredness, especially when it comes to our kids It’s no secret that sleep is important. We’re all familiar with the exhaustion that hits when we don’t get enough sleep the night before. But while getting ample sleep is important for absolutely everybody, it’s particularly vital when it […]

Everything you need to know about British Summer Time

british summer time

How can you prepare for the clocks going forward this spring? As we finally move from winter to spring, the inevitable changing of the clocks appears on the horizon. On the 31st March 2019, the clocks will “spring forward” by one hour. This can be a good thing for those of us who enjoy long, […]

How long should it take you to fall asleep?

New research shines a light on the ideal time lapse between going to bed and falling asleep We all experience sleep a little differently. For some of us, sleep comes easily and we quickly fall into a deep slumber. For others, things are a little trickier, and it can take a long time to fall […]

Why do you want to sleep more in winter?

winter

At this time of year, getting out of bed in the morning can feel like a real chore While most of us are impatiently awaiting the arrival of spring, we’re still finding ourselves dealing with some very wintry weather. Cold winds, long nights and grey days are all commonplace at this time of year, and […]

Why a better sleep routine should be top of your New Year’s Resolution list

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With the dawning of a new year comes the chance to refresh your sleep habits Whether you want to get fitter, healthier, more productive or achieve that next promotion in 2019, January is the time to put the plans in place that will help you achieve those goals. But don’t overlook how important a good […]

Understanding nightmares: the science behind bad dreams

understanding nightmares

We are all familiar with bad dreams, so why are so many people still in the dark about why they occur and how to prevent them? Sinking into bed at the end of the day is one of life’s simple pleasures, but not if you suffer from chronic bad dreams. Nightmares are elaborate dreams that […]

Bring a bear to bed? The importance of emotional comfort for a great night’s sleep

hug a bear day

This Hug a Bear Day, we’re exploring the potential benefits of cuddly toys and other bedtime comforts Every child has a favourite cuddly toy, and choosing a furry friend to snuggle up next to is a natural part of many children’s night-time routine. But is there something more to this long-standing tradition than childish whimsy? […]

Sleep matters: how a good night’s sleep affects your wellbeing

sleep and mental health

We’re exploring the role sleep has to play in benefitting our mental health Mental health and wellbeing has become a growing topic of discussion over the last few years, across all walks of life. There are many different factors that can affect our mental health – from our diet and exercise routine to our social […]

“Isn’t there an app for that?” Is technology a help or a hindrance when it comes to sleep

sleep technology

Dr Jonathan Bloomfield While you may have noticed that some of my articles focus on the conflict between sleep and the modern lifestyle, it should be stated that public awareness of the importance of sleep has grown considerably in the last two to three years. Through the work of sleep experts, scientists, clinical psychologists and, […]