What you've been saying

This week on the Boots Feel Good Forum, we talked about sleep, stress and energy with sleep expert Professor Colin Espie and behavioural psychologist Emma Kenny. We asked for your tips and this is what you said:


How to get a good night's sleep

If you want to have a good day, getting a good night's sleep is essential. Read these tips from Mumsnetters on how to fall - and stay - asleep. 

  • Try black out blinds in the bedroom. CarrieDon

  • The best advce was to bear in mind that: "An hour before midnight is worth two after." worldgonecrazy

  • Try drinking Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea, and smelling lavender, if you like it. Otherwise, tick the World Service on or read a book for a bit. Meditation and breathing exercises may help. worldgonecrazy

  • I sleep with ear defenders (yes really, the big ones kids wear at festivals). I am no longer bothered by DP's snoring or anything else. marl



How to stay energised during the day

Feeling a bit wiped out long before bedtime? You're not alone, so check out these Mumsnetter tips on how to stay energised. 

  • I struggle to get up in the mornings, due to feeling groggy, but I cannot live without Berrocca - or rather, Boots' much cheaper version. Not sure if it's a placebo effect or what, but it lifts me a little. Also, cut out caffeine. You will notice a dip in energy to start with, but soon that will fade (or cut down if you're a caffeine addict, like me). My skin is soooooo much clearer, the bags less obvious. PavlovtheCat

  • To stay energised, I recommend Berocca. And big breakfasts, like porridge or the full English even. Exercise and fresh air. Obvious things but sometimes, when stressed and /or busy with children, it is hard to remember to do anything! zzzexhaustedzzz


Coping with stress

Everyone gets stressed out from time to time, and sometimes the answer can be as simple as a spot of fresh air. 

  • The magic answer for me is simply fresh air and exercise! I make sure at some point every day I walk between one and three miles, no matter what the weather. I have a five-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son, and a dog, and always find the time to go walking. My favourite time, which really helps me unwind and relax, is going out at 7pm just me and my dog and walking a brisk three miles. The result is I sleep much better, I unwind and I feel energised. inzidoodle


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