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Protect sleep from competing demands

Most of us have plenty of demands on our attention throughout the day. In clinical settings, these demands can leave us in a near constant state of alertness. When we get home, demands may continue in the form of smartphone notifications from social media or the news, or another work email dropping into the inbox. The trouble is that this feeling of being alert and ‘on edge’ can stop us relaxing properly, which can in turn impact sleep. This is important to deal with well before sleep, because it can take time to relax completely before nodding off. A simple way to give yourself space in which to wind-down properly is to keep phones and technology outside the bedroom and to put them away well before you begin your evening wind-down to sleep.

Keep phones and technology outside of the bedroom well before you begin your wind-down to sleep.