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routine and enjoying every extra minute of

unusually warm nights and longer days.

The hot and sticky nights of 2018 also

left many of us struggling to get enough

sleep.

But, if you're finding a hectic social life,

as well as longer days, extra daylight and

hot weather are playing havoc with your

sleep routine at this time of year, read on

for tips to help you get you back on track:

STICK TO A ROUTINE: Many of us

welcome the longer summer days - lifting

our spirits after the darker autumn and

winter nights. But, socialising aside, the

lighter evenings - up to around 10pm -

can make it difficult to wind down and

get to sleep. Start your usual evening

and sleep routine about an hour or so

before you go to bed - you could even

consider closing the curtains or blinds in

your bedroom, and elsewhere if possible,

to help limit your exposure to daylight and

help you wind down.

KEEP IT DARK: Blackout blinds or curtains

will help prevent the early morning sunrise

at this time of year from waking you up,

as well as keep out the longer, lighter

summer evenings. Keeping the blinds

drawn during the day can help to keep the

bedroom cooler at night, preventing the

sun's heat warming it up and so making

for a restless, sweaty night.

KEEP IT COOL: Along with a dark

bedroom, opt for just a cotton sheet or

a summer duvet, which has a lower tog

rating. Putting a clean pillow case in the

fridge before you go to bed, snuggling up

to a hot water bottle full of ice cold water

and running an electric fan with a tray of

ice cubes in front of it, can all help cool

you down on those hot summer nights,

too. And, if you're not a hay fever sufferer,

opening windows and interior doors to

create a through draught for an hour, or

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A good mattress is key to a good night's sleep, so does

the way you sleep in your bed. Snoring is often triggered

by sleeping flat on your back because in that position your

airway is more prone to becoming compromised. This

could be down to the weight of your neck pressing down

(especially if you're overweight), or gravity affecting the

tissues in your throat, stopping you from breathing properly.

Scientific studies have shown that sleeping on your

side can hugely reduce the time you spend snoring, as

well as the intensity of it. If you sleep with a partner, ask

them to help. If they catch you sleeping on your back,

get them to give you a nudge. After a while, you should

find that you're learning to sleep on your side. You can

also invest in a sleep position device - things like postural

alarms, vibrating neck bands, and bumper belts. But if you want to try an

inexpensive alternative, find a tight-fitting t-shirt with a chest pocket. Wear it

back to front, and place a tennis ball in the pocket. Whenever you roll onto your

back, you'll begin to feel uncomfortable, and naturally shift back onto your side.

Also, lifting the position of your head by 20-30 degrees can help reduce

snoring. An adjustable bed will achieve this, or use sleep wedges. You can find

anti-snoring pillows in plenty of high street shops, as well as online.

If changing your sleeping position doesn't affect your snoring, try Snoreeze

Throat Spray, which targets the main cause of snoring - the vibration of soft

tissue at the back of the throat. The thermo-gel formula lubricates the throat for

up to eight hours, ensuring you get the sleep you need.

A total snore

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