Sunday night insomnia is no way to start the week

Ian Brady

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A report suggested thousands of British people suffer with Sunday night insomnia, and it’s all to do with a fear of the new working week.

I think I am one of these people.

Sunday nights are always a big problem for me as I have to try to get myself back into the early morning routine after  a Sunday morning lie-in.

I am also terrified of sleeping through my alarm at 4.45am.

Straight away you can see instead of being chilled and relaxed at bedtime I’m actually all stressed out. This tends to put a handbrake on quickly nodding off.

I have found physical exercise during the day can help with sleep. On the days I go for a run I do tend to enjoy a better night’s kip.

I also try to avoid eating a large meal in the evening.

I find some foods are really bad at preventing sleep: pasta and sugary puddings should be avoided after 7pm.

If all else fails once my heads hit the pillow there’s always counting sheep back from 100.

Lou: Supposedly smart phones are the cause of a lot of sleep problems these days as the light they emit has a slight blue tone which wakes up your brain.

I tend to check e-mails and Facebook before bed, but I always make sure I then spend a few minutes reading which tends to help me drop off.

Occasionally I’ll do this in the middle of the night if I’m struggling to sleep, although it isn’t advisable if you share your bed with a partner who won’t appreciate you turning the light on at 3am.

Thankfully I’ve never had real problems sleeping, but on the rare occasions when I can’t sleep I do yoga breathing exercises.

You lie on your back with your limbs straight and relaxed and breathe in deeply but slowly through your nose for four or five seconds. You then pause for the same amount of time, and finally slowly breathe out through your mouth.

It takes some getting used to because it makes you use your full lung capacity but is so calming.

Eventually your muscles start to relax and you drift off.

Well, supposedly.

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