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Top Sleep Tips to Better Health

Parents often suffer with lack of sleep, especially because of attending the needs of very young children.

Sleep deprivation can lead to stress but during Mental Health Awareness Week this week, online bed specialists Time4Sleep reveal its top five tips to help people clear their minds and create a healthy sleeping pattern. Avoid technology 60 minutes before bedtime – Any form of consumer technology including laptops, tablets, smartphones and TVs all emit high levels of blue light rays. Turning these screens off one hour prior to bedtime can have a profound effect on sleep quality, including our physical and mental performance. Soften the senses – Perceptual activities such as washing the dishes, preparing lunch for the next day, taking the dog for a walk or listening to music are all fantastic ways of unwinding in the evening. Too much thinking before bed can result in an overactive mind, eventually disturbing your sleep sanctuary. Keep a sleep diary with information such as – time you go to bed and get up, how many hours sleep, how many times you wake throughout the night, any nightmares, sleep paralysis or sleep-walking incidents, the amount of caffeine, nicotine or alcohol consumed before bed, mood and feelings when you go to sleep and when you wake up. Read More

Keeping a healthy sleep cycle during Ramadan is essential as most worshippers stay up late and wake up early, doctors have said.

As the demands of the discipline of the month of Ramadan require Muslims to make significant changes to their usual routine — from altering their food intake, increasing their prayer time, to waking up before 4am to catch up for Suhoor — many end up falling short of sleep.

Given the importance of sleep for a healthy body and mind, with a little care and discipline those fasting can effectively manage the altered sleep pattern to minimise its adverse impact.

“Some people try to do too much during Ramadan. They spend their days at work or taking care of their children and nights engaged in social activities or at the mosque. Amid all of this, some people do not sleep enough,” says Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, Sleep Physician at the London Sleep Centre Dubai. Read More

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