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Breathe deeply

Italian “Sleep Guru” Alison Francis says one very easy trick to start calming and preparing yourself for sleep is breathing. “We can’t control our heart or our hormones or our mind, but when you change your breathing patterns, you change your heart rate and you calm your mind,” she told the Daily Mail. Photo: Getty

5 simple tricks to help you fall asleep quickly

Words by Kristine Tarbert. 

Say goodbye to staring at the clock for an hour after going to bed.

A recent survey by Healthy Life found that millennials are the nation’s worst sleepers with about a third of people (32 per cent) aged 25-34 unable to recall the last time they had a good night’s sleep.

A further 31 per cent said they averaged a good night’s rest only once a week.

The survey also found that women were worse off with 28 per cent of female respondents admitting they couldn’t recall the last time they had a good night’s rest, compared to 20 per cent of male respondents.

Sleep deprivation can affect all sorts of things including your mood, hormones, weight and blood pressure. So taking a long time to get to sleep at night isn’t ideal for getting a decent amount of shut-eye.

According to another study by sleep specialists Time 4 Sleep, a third of us take at least 30 minutes to fall asleep every night, with 16 per cent taking up to two hours to nod off.

So here are some tips to help you nod off faster.

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