Low energy? Restless nights? Exhaustion? We’ve all had feeling like this of some sort. Whilst the temptation to spend longer in bed, or have a heavily caffeinated drink are always tempting, there are some healthier tips which you can use to combat those feelings.

Restless nights, lack of sleep, no time for exercise – these are all factors which can have a negative impact on our mindsets and daily lives. Problems with sleep in particular can affect how we mentally and physically feel. For optimum health, the average adult should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. However, with 74% of adults in the UK reporting instances of bad quality of sleep over a period of 12 months; it is an issue that many of us face. In today’s blog, you will learn how a lack of sleep can affect your mental health, and our top tips for improving your sleep.

As we move into February, let’s not take those January blues with us! The feeling of being stuck in a rut, going back to work, and the excitement of the festivities being over can give us all a feeling of dread. In today’s blog, we will be sharing our top tips with you to help you beat those January blues once and for all!

The festive season is often considered as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, but for many of us, it can also bring stress and anxiety. Purchasing Christmas gifts, decorating your house, planning food and drink, and finding the perfect Christmas Day outfit are typically on all of our to-do lists. The media can also take its toll on us, with the pressures of creating the picture perfect Christmas: presents underneath the Christmas tree, and the extravagant roast dinner. It can be easy to become overwhelmed by it all!

As the clocks fall back, and the days get shorter, we often find ourselves sleeping for longer. This is due to having less light throughout the day, at a lower intensity. Having this limited light exposure can make us feel as if we are more tired and need more sleep, therefore you may find yourself falling asleep earlier in the evenings. This tendency to sleep for longer is intensified for those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern1. So, what can you do to avoid feeling overtired or sleepy during the colder days, and how can you improve your sleep quality?