06 March 2014 by

EXCLUSIVE: Trouble Falling Asleep? The Sleep Guru Shares Her Top Tips For A Dreamy Night’s Sleep

Anandi, The Sleep Guru

It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep is the key to looking and feeling your best, but we really do understand that logging those 7 (8 if we’re lucky) hours can be a challenge. Plus, more than 30% of the UK population currently suffer from sleep disorders and globally there are 1.5 million monthly Google searches for insomnia. Good quality shut-eye really is fundamental to your wellbeing and sleep disturbance can affect everything from your weight to your mental health to even your beauty regime. That’s right girls- lack of sleep increases the signs of aging and decreases your skin’s ability to recover from ‘stressors’ like UV damage. It’s time to get some shut-eye!

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Are you reading this bleary-eyed after yet another sleepless night? Then we’ve got something pretty exciting in store for you as we managed to catch up with the totally amazing Anandi, aka, The Sleep Guru, who specialises in resolving sleep problems and has already acquired a cult status thanks to her holistic approach- a combination of relaxation, breathing, Ayurveda and meditation is Anandi’s winning formula. A former beauty therapist, Anandi now has a sleep retreat in Le Marche, Italy, conducts sessions at a London clinic and even offers sleep coaching consultations via Skype for international clients. Ready for your best ever ZZZ’s? Read on and learn to discover the 6 sleep tips we learnt from The Sleep Guru in celebration of National Sleep Week…

The Sleep Guru's Top 6 Tips:

1. It’s all about sleep hygiene: “This is a term used to describe the best possible sleeping environment. Think of your bedroom like a temple- make sure it is clutter-free, as dark as possible and at a cool temperature- this will contribute to good sleep because it mimics what occurs inside the body when we sleep (our internal temperature drops at night to its lowest level).

2. Light a candle: “By dimming the lights or lighting a candle shortly before you go to bed, you will encourage your body to start converting serotonin to melatonin (the sleep hormone) and will prepare your brain for sleep.”

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3. Turn off technology 2 hours before bed: “Working in front of a screen- be it a laptop or phone- is like the kiss of death to sleep. The light shining in your face lets your body know that it does not need to start converting serotonin to melatonin, so try to switch off at least 2 hours before bed.”

4. Try meditation: “Meditation can really help maintain a healthy sleep rhythm. It’s a great way of relaxing the mind and calming the ‘fight or flight’ response that many of us have for large portions of the day. With regular practice you will find that the gap between your thoughts becomes wider and your mind calmer- cue better sleep! Try 30 minutes morning and evening for 21 days. The best thing about meditation is that you don’t need anything- no special clothes, equipment, books or CD’s- just yourself and half an hour.”

5. Hum like a bumble bee: “Yes, really! 15 minutes spent humming like a bumble bee before going to bed creates a deeply healing vibration. It relaxes the mind and the nervous system, gets rid of negative emotions and stimulates serotonin, the sleep hormone.”

6. Eat well to sleep well: “My whole ethos is that sleep is a holistic matter and is affected by an imbalance in any area of your life including diet. Certain foods have certain compounds which interact with your body’s natural chemistry to help maintain equilibrium. When the body is in equilibrium, the correct sleep inducing hormones will be produced at the right time. Foods that boost serotonin include almonds, walnuts, turkey, whole grains, rice, and pumpkin seeds. Make sure you eat a light meal in the evening.”

For more information on The Sleep Guru click here.

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