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Declaration: Rachel was gifted the weighted blanket and Fitbit

Sleeping well is crucial. It helps you to perform at your best, have sharper concentration, make better decisions and you remember more when you have had enough sleep…

How much sleep you need comes down to the individual. But around 7.5- 8-hours nightly is great for adults. If you are training hard, then you could do with as much as 10 hours sleep to aid your recovery. While, kids needs around this much too.

Here are 6 sleep tips or suggestions to try

  1. I’ve trialled a #gifted 7kg weights Groundd blanket (that’s it pictured in my bedroom below). They come in 9kg size too. It’s weighted with hypoallergenic natural glass in pockets evenly distributed throughout the blanket. It’s really comforting to sleep under, and kind of like being hugged or cocooned. I was worried it might be too hot, but it isn’t. The bamboo silky cover feels divine to sleep under. The peeps behind this brand say the blanket is reassuring for kids who might feel anxious. According to their website, sleeping with them is like deep touch therapy – which is pressure equally across your body such as a hug, swaddle or blanket. Receptors in your skin help you feel safe apparently. Since using this blanket I’ve stopped waking through the night as often – and I like the feel of it. So I’ll keep on using it!

2. The new Fitbit sense watch is great for tracking your night’s sleep. You get a sleep score in the morning and can see how deep you’ve slept, or not! It’s a wake up call (chuckle) for getting to bed early enough so you know you have had enough zzzzzzzzz

3. My book Balance is full of amazing tips on how to sleep better too. The book boasts 30 global experts sharing science backed wisdom on how to live healthier and happier (plus 30 nourishing recipes).

4. Have a shot of tart cherry juice before bed.. It helps you wind down – so says Adam Storey, a strength and conditioning coach for Team NZ. He used to recommend this to The Blues players when he worked with the team (great insider secret spilled there!). Adam shares lots of other science-backed strategies in my book Balance too which are epic including the perfect temperature for sleeping to other hints to help you sleep incredibly well.

5. Don’t drink too much coffee – and remember too not to drink it too late in the day. It stays in your system a long time and can disrupt your sleep.

6. An hour out from bed, turn off your phone. The blue light can impact melatonin levels and keep you awake.

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Rachel was gifted the weighted blanket and Fitbit. Rachel has collaborated with Fitbit many times over the years (and has worn a Fitbit for many years also).

  • Rachel is a wellness coach, yoga + mindfulness teacher and author of the book Balance: Food, Health + Happiness.
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