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Tips on getting ready for bed

I thought I’d share my own experiences of doing literally anything to sleep better:

  • Make time to unwind. Turn everything off an hour before sleep and read a book or try some mindfulness techniques from a free app.
  • Warm yourself up. Before bed I drink either a camomile or vanilla chai tea and then use a fleece throw and electric back heat pack to warm up in bed before nodding off.
  • Get out and about every day. I can wake up in pain and discomfort every one to two hours, but after a day out in the Peak District with friends I can sleep up to four hours without a break. It really helps for me to get out of the house every day, if only for half an hour.

Simon Stones

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