Three quarters of UK adults are getting less than the recommended eight hours of sleep[1]

If that’s you, here’s how you can deal with it

Created by Nytol
On Mar 8, 2021

If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep and aren’t doing anything about it, you’re certainly not alone - more than 60% of people who suffer from some form of sleep issues have been experiencing them for more than one year [2]. 

A bad night’s sleep doesn’t just affect us at nighttime - it can cause a lack of productivity, a drop in mood, increased stress levels, and even physical health problems during the daytime. [3]

Many people only seek treatment for their sleep issues when it starts to impact their life, or becomes a long-term problem [2], so it’s important to identify the causes and manifestations of our sleep issues quickly, and act on it.

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We know more now about the science of sleep than ever before, including what we can do to prepare for sleep, and which products can be used to aid our sleep. 

There are some things we can’t control, but there’s plenty we can, such as our sleep environment, bedtime routine, and what we put in our bodies. The Q&A below will provide you with some expert guidance on what we can all do to sleep better at night.

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How can I improve my ‘sleep environment’?

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Make your bedroom a sleep-friendly zone. That means decluttering, finding your ideal mattress and bedding, as well as reducing noise and light exposure [8]. If you let your room become a workspace, gym, TV room etc, your mind will start to associate your bedroom with things other than sleep.

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What advice would you give me for my before bed routine?

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If you think stress is a trigger for you, try mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, before bed [9]. And it is recommended to choose a book or a sleep app/podcast before bed over electronic devices as the blue light from mobile screens can fool your brain into thinking it’s still daytime[10].

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Is there anything I shouldn’t eat or drink before I go to sleep?

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You should try to avoid consuming caffeine and alcohol before bedtime. Caffeine can stimulate your body, even when it needs rest [11], and alcohol’s sedative properties may help you drift off, but it can reduce the quality of your sleep [12].

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Also, drinking and eating big meals before bed can cause you to wake up in the night needing the toilet! [13]

With over 20 years’ experience helping the UK get a good night’s sleep, Nytol are experts when it comes to sleep. You can take a look below at the products Nytol offer (tap each image to view the product), but always remember to speak to your pharmacist if you need help.

For more detail on any of the information in this article, visit Nytol’s website or speak to your pharmacist for advice.

Nytol Liquid caramel flavour oral solution contains diphenhydramine. An aid to the relief of temporary sleep disturbance for adults.

Nytol One-A-Night and Nytol Original 25mg Tablets contain diphenhydramine. Aids to the relief of temporary sleep disturbances.

Nytol Herbal Simply Sleep One-A-Night tablets and Nytol Herbal Tablets contain Valerian root extract. Traditional herbal medicinal products for use in the temporary relief of sleep disturbances exclusively based upon long-standing use as traditional remedies.

Nytol Herbal Simply Sleep & Calm Elixir contains Valerian root extract. A traditional herbal medicinal product for use in temporary relief of symptoms of mild anxiety and to aid sleep, exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy.

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