Its official - British summertime is over.
With the darker mornings and shorter days looming, a recent study discovered that three quarters of Brits will be affected by the lack of sunshine.
The clocks go back this Sunday, which means we all get an extra hour of sleep. But for deep sleepers who already find it difficult to rise out of bed in the morning, may struggle with the colder, darker mornings that will greet us next week.
However, experts believe that the clock change should only have a small effect on our everyday lives. In fact, it could be the perfect opportunity to improve your sleep routine. Well, you do have an extra hour after all...
Lack of quality sleep not only affects our concentration, mood, attention span and eating habits, it can also play havoc with our ability to make decisions and even our speech. It was also recently discovered that lack of sleep affects your performance so significantly, it can be the equivalent to you being over the legal drinking limit.
Do you struggle to doze off at night? To help you make the most of those extra 60 minutes of sleep, we've spoken to sleep expert Marianne Davey, from the British Snoring & Sleep Apnea Association and asked her how to get a good night's rest.
"Avoid smoking before bed. Nicotine is a stimulant and will keep you awake. It is also addictive and many smokers have interrupted sleep due to nicotine cravings. "Also, avoid alcohol before bed. Alcohol acts as a sedative but only for a short while. After a couple of hours when the effects wear off, the alcohol will stimulate you into waking up and leave you with a headache in the morning."
"Don't lie in bed awake. If you can't get to sleep, don't just lie in bed. Do something else, like reading, watching television, or listening to music, until you feel tired. The anxiety of being unable to fall asleep can actually contribute to insomnia. "Return to bed when you begin feeling sleepy, and try to avoid sleeping in locations other than your bed."
"Cut out light filtering into the bedroom. Use an eye shade or blackout curtains."
"Getting enough sleep is vital, and for this, you need to listen to your body - some people function wonderfully with 7 hours, but others need much more. It really does depend. Most adults need 7-8 hours a night, and if you're finding yourself dragging in the morning, try to catch a few more 'zzz's' by going to bed sooner. "When you've found the perfect amount, you should be able to wake up to the alarm ready to face the day."
"Exercise regularly during the day as this will help you sleep at night. But exercising late at night will keep you awake."