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Sleep deprived? Us too…

If night feeds, sleepwalking kids or bedwetting toddlers are intruding on your shut eye time, we can’t promise a quick solution. But hopefully some of the below tips might help you maximise the forty winks you do manage to sneak…

Cyberjammies PJ set

Atomik Research conducted a study for Drift Sleep and the findings included scoffing nuts and fish. Salmon, rice, spinach, milk and almonds all promote sleep.  The magnesium found in spinach in particular plays a key role in deactivating adrenaline, whilst typtophan in milk and almonds is an amino acid which converts first into seratonin and then into melatonin which helps regulate sleep.  If you happen to own a cow, try milking it at night as it contains 24% more tryptophan than the day.

They also recommend a decent pair of cotton PJs. We love Cyberjammies, whose range is so pretty you could wear them in the daytime or on the beach too. And don’t forget to upgrade your sheets too – The Secret Linen Store has lots of elegant Egyptian cotton options at a reduced price. Shhh…

There’s so much hype about Vitamin D at the moment, it’s a wonder the human race survived without supplements. And apparently it is essential to a decent kip as well.  If you’re struggling to get out in the sun try Vega Vitamins Everyday-D 10mg (from £5.95 www.vegavitamins.co.uk), which is available in a tasty orange spray, or as blackcurrant chewable tablets.

And we don’t really need to be told twice that phones and tablets in the bedroom aren’t a great idea. Superfood UK nutritionist Shona Wilkinson explains, “Two hours before your proposed bedtime turn off all electrical gadgets such as computers, notebooks and phones as these emit a blue light which confuses the brain and reduces the release of melatonin, the chemical which induces sleepiness.” Go retro and find yourself a decent book (ie not your child’s reader from school or the Argos catalogue…)

Finally, a little lavender can go a long way when it comes to the transition into slumber. Angela Flanders’ pillow spray has calming chamomile too, to ease the day’s stresses (and doubles up as a daytime perfume, if you feel like your waking hours need some additional ‘inner calm’ too…)