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Tuesday, 1st October

Should I let my dog sleep on the bed? Your top 5 sleep questions answered.

It seems like everything can affect our sleep - whether it be our diet, exercise, bedroom environment or daily habits, when looking for sleep advice it is easy to get lost in a minefield of the do's and don'ts. 

Most of us know the basics: try to wind down before bed, turn off electronic devices, get at least 8 hours sleep, but what about the more unusual questions that may have popped into your mind whilst lying in bed at night? We have whittled it down and answered some of the more unusual sleep queries that you need answering. 

1. Should my bedroom be completely dark at night?

If you struggle to fall asleep, the simple answer is yes. When it is dark, our bodies are triggered to produce melatonin which makes us feel sleepy. Yet it is often difficult, particularly in the summer months, to keep our bedrooms completely dark throughout the night. Unfortunately, even the slightest ray of light can prevent our bodies producing melatonin, making it difficult for us to get to sleep. 

However, on the flip side, if you have problems getting up in the morning, leaving your curtains open slightly to allow light in will trigger your body to reduce melatonin production and make it easier to resist the snooze-button!

2. How do I know if I am sleep-deprived?

Symptoms of sleep deprivation often include feeling tired or exhausted, having issues concentrating on everyday tasks and suffering with reduced memory. 

A simple test you can do to see if you are sleep deprived is the Sleep Onset Latency Test or ‘teaspoon test.’ Just lie down to take a nap (early afternoon works best!) somewhere comfortable and dark. Then hold a spoon over the edge of the bed with a metal tray on the floor underneath. Check the time and then settle down to go to sleep, when you fall asleep the spoon will drop and wake you up. When this happens immediately check the time you will know how long it has taken you to fall asleep. If it is less than 5 mins you may be suffering from severe sleep deprivation, under 10 minutes tells you that you may need to improve your sleep habits. 

3. Will my dog help me sleep?

We have good news for dog owners who love a cuddle with their pooch! There are several reasons why sleeping with your dog can be good for you. 

The warm presence of your dog (or cat!) next to you at night has been proven to show increased feelings of comfort and security in pet owners. Sleeping alongside your pet can also help relieve stress and anxiety which can often prevent us from being able to get a good night’s sleep. 

4. Which sleep position is best for my health?

Most of us have experienced that feeling of waking up with a stiff neck from “sleeping funny” but poor sleep posture longer term can cause back and neck pain, muscle cramps and even poor circulation. 

Sleeping on your back is the best position for your health, even though only 8% of people favour this position. Lying on your back allows your body to maintain a neutral position and reduces pressure on your joints. Bonus - it also reduces the likelihood of developing wrinkles! 

5. Why do I feel sleepy after lunch?

Do you often experience an afternoon slump? Whilst a big lunch can make us feel drowsy, feeling sluggish after lunch is actually most likely due to the relationship between our body clock and internal temperature. 

Our body temperature naturally falls twice in a 24 hour period, once after lunch (normally between 2-4pm) and once during the night. This dip triggers the production of melatonin which makes us feel sleepy. Don’t worry, this naturally occurs whether or not you had extra helpings at lunch.

So there you have it! We have given you every excuse to snuggle up with your furry friends, tempted you to invest in a black out blind, or encouraged you to put your level of tiredness to the test? We hope this blog has helped put to bed some of your most wondered sleep questions!  

So there you have it! We have given you every excuse to snuggle up with your furry friends, tempted you to invest in a black out blind, or encouraged you to put your level of tiredness to the test? We hope this blog has helped put to bed some of your most wondered sleep questions!  

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