Sleep. We all need it! Sometimes it’s hard to switch off and shut down our busy minds and get enough restful sleep.

Your body has a natural time-keeping clock known as your circadian rhythm. It affects your brain, body and hormones, helping you stay awake and telling your body when it’s time to sleep. So adding in bright light from your phone or TV just before bed tells your body it’s still time to be awake and therefore affecting your ability to sleep.

Natural sunlight or bright light during the day helps keep your circadian rhythm healthy. This improves daytime energy, as well as nighttime sleep quality and duration, try getting a sun clock like the Lumi for a better way to wake up in the morning.

Learning to have some down time just before you go to sleep can help you to relax and get ready for sleep. I have come up with a simple Pilates stretch routine you can try just before bed. Let me know how you get on over on my facebook page.