Five Easy tips to Getting Better Sleep, from a Professor of Neurology
The Sleep Dairy
As much as it pains us to admit it, once again it would appear that mother was right. It turns out that a glass of milk before bedtime really can ensure that your time spent in bed is much better spent. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered that a protein found naturally in the white stuff improves both the quality of your slumber and your alertness the following day.
“Milk contains alpha-lactabumin, which tells the brain to sleep,” says Dr Milton Erman, medical director of the San Diego Sleep Centre, “plus you wake up feeling rested without the side-effects of sleep-inducing drugs.” Probably best to leave the biscuits though – the sugar will keep you buzzing when you should be snoozing.
Wind on the Pillows
If bumps in the night from next-door are turning your evenings into restless ones then you need to fight fire with fire. But before you drag the speakers into the garden for some high-voltage vengeance, the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorder Centre in Baltimore has found that some gentle decibels of your own is all it takes to drown out any aural intrusions.
According to Dr David Neubauer, a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins, turning on a bedside fan while you sleep “helps to block outside noises like road repairs and your neighbour’s stereo.” Furthermore, the low drone has a psychologically soothing effect which lulls you into the land of nod so you can dream up a more subtle method of revenge on next-door.