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With such busy lives it can seem impossible to fit everything we need to do in our daily lives. Wouldn’t It be so much easier if we didn’t have to sleep so long, yet still felt refreshed the next day? Think of all those extra chores you could do – you might even have enough time to catch up on all those TV shows you’ve missed too!

lady trainingOur history is full of people like Leonardo da Vinci, who were incredibly talented people and only needed a couple of hours of sleep a night. Indeed, they actually make us feel guilty about sleeping, considering how productive they were while we’re busy snoozing.

However, we can’t just decide that we’re going to suddenly sleep less. Our bodies sleep for as much as they need and respond to structure. So, if your body is used to sleeping 8 hours a night, you can’t suddenly switch to six hours. Plus, if your body wants to sleep 8 hours a night, should you really interfere?

If you are desperate to give yourself an extra one or two hours a day to be productive, it is possible. You just have to slowly train yourself to need less sleep using the following steps:

1: To start off you will need to get your body into the rhythm of getting up at the same time every morning – not just on your work days. Pick a suitable time and get up at this time every morning.

2: In the first week, you should go to bed around 20 minutes later than you would usually do.

3: The second week, go to bed 40 minutes later than your bedtime.

4: Bring it to an hour delay for the fourth week.

5: You can cut down your sleep in further 20 minute delays, but don’t ever go below 6 hours a night.

It’s vitally important that you don’t try to make your daily sleep less than six hours a night. You need at least six hours of sleep in order for us to function the next day. Your brain needs to recalibrate during your sleep and process everything you’ve experienced that day. This can include cementing situations to solid memory – particularly important if you have a stressful job. That last thing you want is to go into work the next day and forget important tasks or details from meetings. The lack of sleep can also make you incredibly grumpy, the last thing anyone wants in an office. In fact, a lack of sleep is the number one reason for arguments in a relationship.

It might feel tempting to train yourself to sleep less but, in reality, our bodies need a decent amount of sleep every night. Interfering with our natural sleep cycles is not advised. However, if you feel like you’re getting 8-10 hours of sleep a night, and are still waking up tired, then it might be a case of needing better quality sleep. By getting better quality sleep, you’ll find that you actually need less sleep naturally, so this is a far better option if you want to decrease your sleep schedule.

The best way to increase your level of sleep quality is by investing in a decent mattress that will support your body. If your mattress isn’t comfortable, you’ll find that you take longer to get to sleep or spend the night tossing and turning. If this is the case it’s definitely a good idea to replace your mattress.

Not sure where to start? Here’s our guide to some of the best mattresses around. For a quick fix, there’s a great choice of roll packed mattresses available for FREE next day delivery. And they all come fully guaranteed so you needn’t be worried about the quality. After all, if we put our names to them, they must be good enough.

Breasley

If it’s a single mattress, double mattress or kingsize mattress, the new Uno Collection of 10 mattresses could well fit the bill. All standard sizes are ready for next day delivery. With combinations of foam and pocket springs, the Breasley Uno is a winner.

Relyon

Our range of Relyon vacuum packed mattresses are a proven success. They have consistently been our best selling range for several years. No wonder our customers love them. Relyon is a trusted brand and they all come with a 5-year guarantee.

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