National Bed Month – Experts Explain How to Get a Good Night’s Rest Wednesday 20 February 2008 PDF Print March is National Bed Month, a month long celebration dedicated to the importance of a good night’s rest, which means getting quality sleep in your life is currently a hot health topic. If you are writing about National Bed Month and maintaining good quality sleep then Crampex, the night cramp treatment specialist, has: Insightful statistics on the quality of the nation’s sleeping habits Expert comment from sleep specialist Dr Chris Idzikowski at the Edinburgh Sleep Centre on the health implications of poor sleep Expert tips on how to get a good quality night’s rest, in order to wake up feeling well and refreshed Latest consumer research of 4,000 from Crampex has found that: Sleep Quality V Quantity - 3 out of 4 people wake EVERY morning still exhausted - 46% typically get six hours sleep a night or less, whilst 18% get under five hours rest - Just 1 in 5 people are getting the recommended 8 hours sleep a night Factors disturbing sleep - Eight in ten people suffer from muscle cramp at night - Two thirds are regularly kept awake by stress and worry, with money the most common source of anxiety, followed by work and family issues - 1 in 5 people have disturbed sleep every night because of their partner Getting better sleep If you are having sleep problems, whether you are not able to fall asleep, wake up too often, don't feel well-rested when you wake up in the morning, or simply want to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep then try the following top tips put together by sleep expert Dr Chris Idzikowski: Keep to a routine each night that allows you time to relax – having a warm bath for half an hour or reading a book before bedtime will help you relax and sleep well. Make your bedroom a haven of tranquility – make sure you have a good bed, use soft lighting, keep the room clear of clutter, keep your bedroom well ventilated and use an air freshener to give it a pleasant and relaxing smell. Take action to prevent factors that can regularly disturb sleep - if you are being woken in the night by a snoring partner or nocturnal muscle cramps then take action. Keep a pen and paper beside your bed – this will allow you to write down your worries and anxieties so you don’t have to lie awake all night worrying about them. Buy the biggest and best bed you can - you spend 25 years of your life in bed so you should feel totally comfortable. If your bed partner stops you sleeping, consider separate beds/bedrooms - far from it being the end of intimacy, it could be the start. After a good night’s sleep – without your partner’s snoring or fidgeting - you will be more refreshed and in a better mood. Use the 20 minute rule – if you are awake in bed for more than 20 minutes, you should get up and rest somewhere. You should not return to bed until you feel sleepy. Never try to fall asleep – it is harder to actively try and fall asleep – instead you should let go of being awake to be more successful. NOCTURNAL CRAMP – THE NEW SNORING Nocturnal muscle cramp is an extremely painful and distressing condition. It is more widespread than often believed, with eight out of ten people experiencing disturbed sleep because of cramp. Many people suffer in silence, but there is a product available which may help. Crampex is the only product available without prescription for the prevention and treatment of muscle cramp. Crampex costs from £4.29 for a pack of 24 tablets and is available over the counter from pharmacies. Always read the label. GOOD SLEEP ADVICE For further tips or to complete the first ever interactive sleep personality quiz to identify how good your sleep is then visit www.goodsleepadvice.com. For more information, contact Sarah Sharp at Pegasus Public Relations at 01903 821550 or email email@example.com Further survey statistics, case studies and expert interviews available upon request. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pegasus Public Relations (Worthing) in the following categories: Health, Women's Interest & Beauty, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.