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BODY & SOUL
GOOD NIGHTS

NEW YEAR

ROUTINE

NEW SLEEP

SLEEP
EASY

WORDS ALICE GREGORY

Ensure that the New
Year's resolution
bound to make all
others a success
is on your list...
getting a good
night's sleep!

T

he New Year has begun and many of us will be contemplating how to
achieve greater balance and wellbeing in 2020. We may be considering
how to reduce our stress levels, improve our health, stabilise our weight
or feel less exhausted. As described in my popular-science book Nodding
Off (Bloomsbury, paperback £10.99), research suggests that getting a good
night's sleep can help to improve all of these issues.
Sleep helps us to recalibrate our emotions and supports the immune system. It also
affects the hormones that control appetite - ghrelin, which is involved in the sensation
of hunger, and leptin, which is associated with feeling full. That's why a lack of sleep can
lead to overeating and weight gain.
A good night's sleep not only involves getting enough sleep (most adults need between
seven and nine hours to function at their best), but getting good quality sleep. As we get
older, we want to avoid lying in bed unable to nod off and also waking up during the night
or early in the morning and being unable to get back to sleep.

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