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We loved the article in the Mail last week where researchers found that people will sleep better when by the sea. Very apt for us as we are based on the coast in Sussex.

Now you might have heard your parents or grandparents tell you when you were a youngster to inhale lots of sea air. Why, you would ask? Well apparently all that sea air was good for your lungs. At that age you would go along with that relative’s advice, albeit with an air of scepticism, but they were actually much closer to the truth than you might have thought. That’s because studies have shown that sleeping by the sea gives you a better night’s sleep. It was the reason that the founder of the Vokins retail business, William Henry Vokins moved from Oxford (via London) to Brighton in 1882. His physician recommended the sea air for his health and it certainly helped his business!

William-Henry Vokins-1882-300A good night’s sleep is essential to your health. Studies have shown that by getting a good, natural sleep ensures that your give your brain enough rest for the following day. An interrupted or poor night’s sleep means you will struggle the following day with learning new skills, which is particularly detrimental if you are at school or work.

But what difference does the sea make to your sleeping habits? Well researchers at the University of Illinois decided to analyse data from the sleeping patterns of 250,000 Americans to decipher if the outdoors made any difference to a person’s sleep pattern. The results were rather interesting.

The study, which looked at both a person’s sleep pattern and the their local amenities, found that people who reported between to 21 to 29 nights of interrupted sleep had much less access to nature (such as the sea) that those who reported less than 7 days’ worth of interrupted sleep. It was found that sleeping beside the sea or nature was particularly beneficial to males in the study.

It was also discovered that for those of us over 65, sleeping beside the sea or some other form of nature such as woodlands, vastly improved their night’s sleep. Now if that’s not an excuse to retire by the sea, what is?

According to Public Health England, there is a build-up of evidence that shows that a poor night’s sleep can have extreme detrimental effects on our lives. Obesity, diabetes and heart disease is all said to be linked to poor sleeping patterns. More than that, mental health is also linked to poor sleep – it may even mean that a poor sleep will increase your chance of divorce.

And with evidence like that, the idea of moving to the sea to improve your sleep (and therefore health) sounds like a splendid idea. It might even save your marriage! It should also be kept in mind for health boards when creating nursing or care homes just how beneficial placement is for the health of their patients.

It’s not just the fact that living by the sea improves your sleep, you need to enjoy nature too. Research showed that a short walk beside the sea can improve your sleep even more. It’s also said that a community surrounded by nature – such as the sea or trees – tended to better behaved.

So if you’re suffering from a poor night’s sleep in the city, now is the perfect time to pack-up and come and live beside the sea. Your body will love you for it. If moving is not on your agenda, but you still need a great night’s sleep, look no further than one of the leading independent retailers of beds and mattresses.