Why everything you know about sleep is wrong

The secrets of waking up feeling rested don’t lie in buying the most expensive mattress or trying to get eight hours sleep a night.

Nick Littlehales, Britain’s top sleep expert, has dedicated the last 30 years to perfecting sleep and has taught sports stars from David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo to Victoria Pendleton and Laura Trott how to get the most out of their forty winks.

Nick’s top tips are:

Don’t buy the most expensive mattress
Nick says the first thing you need to realise about the bedding industry is there is very little regulation – meaning anyone can put the label ‘orthopaedic’ on a bed but it doesn’t necessarily mean they have put the mattress through vigorous testing.

Take selfies when shopping for a bed
Nick recommends that people sleep on their side because it is best for postural alignment.
Sleep on your less used side, so right handed people sleep on their left side and vise versa, to keep your brain happy because your dominant side is ready to defend you.


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