Have you been struggling to keep your head off the desk during the day? Apparently millions of us Brits are feeling sleep deprived; a study of 2000 UK adults, commissioned by Simba Sleep, found 69% felt a lack of sleep. The cause? Diet. Of those surveyed, one in five believe spicy foods will help in the quest for a decent night’s rest; one in ten thought an evening coffee helped bring on sleep, and almost half reported enjoying a boozy nightcap. No wonder we’re struggling to snooze. Lying down after a spicy meal is a great cause of heartburn, while fatty foods high in protein digest slowly, upsetting our ‘Circadian Rhythm’. Booze may seem like a great sleep starter, but it’ll prevent us achieving a deep sleep and – as we all know – will cause grogginess in the morning. Try swapping your usual bedtime snacks for bananas or oats (both rich in melatonin) or go for magnesium packed almonds. Sleep tight!
1 in 10 Britsare kept up by insomnia
The average British adult gets only 6 hours and 28 minutes of sleep a night
53% are unable to stop their minds racing once bedtime hits