Back into the New Year and getting back into your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford routine can take a bit of time. Sleep can play a major factor in making sure you enjoy your London life but despite it becoming more and more clear that not getting enough slumber really is not good for your health or productivity, we’re still sleep deniers.
Half of Britain’s admit they struggle to nod off and four in ten say they are failing to hit the recommended seven hours of kip. ‘Britain’s sleep deprivation problem is now an epidemic,’ says Hera Crossan from Mintel, the company behind the study.
So what kind of solutions are out there to help improve your Chigwell dreams? For snooze-obsessed people SleepScore Lab have created the SleepScore Max a non-contact sleep-improvement device that perches on your bedside table to measure slumber-affecting variables including respiration, body movement and duration, as well as environmental factors such as temperature and light.
You may well have also heard of The Sunrise Pillow currently being trialled by the NHS, with a reported 85 per cent success rate, Alpha-Stim insomnia treatment safely modulates the brain’s electrochemical signals, bringing them back into balance, for more restful sleep while also reducing anxiety and depression.
If it all sounds a bit too much like a serious science experiment, the Dodow is a much cheaper option to be found on amazon. It promises to send you off into a calm snooze via a pulsating soft blue light, projected on to your ceiling to synchronise your breathing with. While research has shown blue light from smartphones hinders sleep quality, Dodow’s light signal is too dim to prevent the secretion of sleep hormone melatonin. Might be worth a try?