You might have noticed, we’ve been very focused on sleep lately. And so, it seems, are you.
A little while back we asked you to answer some questions about your shut-eye so we could take a national sleep snapshot.
More than 20,000 of you filled in the snapshot (thanks!) and gave us a clearer picture of what’s happening under the covers at your place.
We learnt a lot about the things that are keeping you awake, the things that help you to sleep and how much shut-eye you think you’re getting.
But as well as sharing your sleep concerns, you also shared thousands of tips on how you get to sleep — and stay that way.
You sent in so many good ideas and tips that we had a hard time figuring out which ones to choose from, so we picked 101.
Daytime activities to help you get some zzzs
1. Keep busy during the day.
2. Don’t take work home with you.
3. Walk around the block after dinner.
4. Cut back on caffeine, even if you desperately love coffee.
5. Pay attention to your diet.
6. Swim during the day.
7. Cut back your alcohol consumption, and don’t drink too late in the evening.
8. Don’t drink caffeine after midday.
9. Talk through any problems with a partner or friend earlier in the day.
10. Do a Sudoku puzzle before bed.
11. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Even on weekends, as much as you want to sleep in.
12. Don’t listen to the experts — have a glass of red wine with dinner.
13. See a psychologist if you have insomnia.
14. Regular exercise. You always sleep better on the days you exercise.
Bedtime routines matter
15. Have a chamomile tea.
16. Have a cup warm milk and honey before bed.
17. Don’t eat right before bed.
18. Don’t go to bed angry.
19. Listen to audiobooks narrated by David Attenborough.
20. Enjoy a mug of warm Milo.
21. Moisturise your hands and feet.