8 ways to beat insomnia and sleep better


The curtains are closed and I’m sitting with my eyes shut, humming like a bumble bee. I haven’t gone mad. I’m having a one-on-one sleep review with Anandi, aka The Sleep Guru.If I close my mouth, inhale through my nose and exhale by humming, over and over for 15 minutes, she promises I will sleep like a baby.

Anandi (born Alison Francis) has spent the past 25 years as a sleep coach, working all over the world with everyone from stressed-out executives to busy working mums.

Melatonin is a hormone produced in the pineal gland of the brain when you find yourself in a dark environment. Hormone imbalance, which can be caused by stress, overwork and lifestyle factors, are largely responsible for sleep disturbances.

I don’t suffer brutal insomnia, but I do have broken sleep. Work deadlines and my social life mean I’m rarely asleep before 12.30am. And, despite seven hours in bed, I wake up feeling like I’ve been hit over the head.

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