21st December 2016
By Lucy

You know the feeling… that nagging doubt that you are not going to be able to get to sleep.  Or worse, falling asleep only to wake up again and glance at the clock in despair.  You are not alone.  Increasingly more of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep and a recent report suggests that we pay a high price for it.

We have long known that sleep deprivation can have a huge impact on mental and physical wellbeing but a new study highlights the extent. At the not-for-profit research organisation RAND Europe, sleep deprivation leads to a higher mortality risk. Those sleeping less than six hours a night are 13% more likely to die earlier than those getting seven to nine hours (sleeping between seven and nine hours per night is described as the “healthy daily sleep range”).  Furthermore, they calculate that sleep-deprived workers are costing the UK economy £40bn a year.  In total, the UK loses just over 200,000 working days a year due to sleep deprivation among its workforce.

Marco Hafner, a research leader at RAND Europe and the report's main author, says “Our study shows that the effects from a lack of sleep are massive. Sleep deprivation not only influences an individual's health and wellbeing but has a significant impact on a nation's economy, with lower productivity levels and a higher mortality risk among workers.”

The cause of sleep deprivation varies from person to person but there are some tips to help you get a good nights sleep including:

•Waking up and going to bed at the same time every day

•Exercising during the day (a 30 minute walk is great)

•Limiting the use of electronic devices in the evening and banishing them from the bedroom

•Replacing your caffeinated drink with a herbal tea or decaffeinated alternative before bed

In addition to the above tips taking a natural supplement designed to support sleep and wellness may benefit you.  Calm yourself to sleep through the powers of organic hemp plus hops with OregaHemp Pm which is naturally designed to support sleep function.  Hemp oil is claimed to stimulate better balance in all key systems of the body: immune, nervous system, digestive, circulatory, detoxication and more.   It can also be used at anytime to help you relax.

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