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Poor sleep and insomnia are very common nowadays and if you suffer with this then you know it can make life completely miserable. What is worse is that lack of sleep actually has measurable health consequences such as diabetes, depression, weight gain, strokes and high blood pressure. It also affects concentration, performance, immunity and lowers IQ.

Luckily there are some simple natural changes that you can make which may improve your sleep and send insomnia away. Let us know if these work!

1. Make sure the room you sleep in is very dark and does not have any light from the bathroom, passage, street or nightlight. Light disrupts the body’s production of the sleep hormone melatonin which can lead to insomnia. This means you also need to avoid TV, computer and cell phones before bed.

2. Everyone knows that coffee has a bad effect on sleep but most people are very slow to give it up. Try limiting your coffee intake to just drinking it in the morning and definitely not after 2pm. If this does not help you may need to give it up for a while and see if that helps. Bear in mind that chocolate also contains substantial amounts of caffeine.

3. Low blood sugar can be the reason for frequently waking up during the night. Try to eat a healthy dinner that contains protein and healthy fats each night and have a small snack before bed. This snack may be a few nuts, some berries or a few crackers with butter. This will help to keep your blood sugar stable and keep you sleeping soundly.

4. You sleep best when your body temperature is low. By having a bath before bed your body will attempt to lower your temperature afterwards and this can trigger sleep.

The best way to beat insomnia is to maintain a calm, confident approach to sleep and avoid worrying and panicking about if you are getting enough sleep. Make an effort but don’t be neurotic about it.