LIFESTYLE

Too Much Daylight? How To Get A Better Night's Sleep Tonight

09/06/2014 15:00 BST | Updated 11/06/2014 07:59 BST

Who are we to complain about more daylight hours? It makes that early evening run (Who are we kidding? We mean that pint - or three - at the pub) so much more enjoyable, and more sunlight equals happier moods, more vitamin D and less stress overall.

One slight snag: too much daylight could be screwing with our sleep.

When we move the clocks forward in spring, we lose an hour of sleep in the night and studies have shown a decrease in sleep quality during this time of year as our bodies struggle to adjust their circadian rhythms and waking up feels a lot harder to do. This grogginess leads us to be less productive at work, makes it trickier to concentrate and remember important things and affects our everyday performance.

tips on how to sleep better

When it comes to getting a good night's sleep, there are plenty of easy changes you can make to optimise your snooze sessions, explains sleep expert Sammy Margo (thegoodsleepexpert.com), author of The Good Sleep Guide, like adapting your day and nighttime sleep routine, eating certain foods before bed - and cutting out others - and making your bedroom as sleep-conducive as possible.

One food to munch on before bed that delivers a result? Try a banana.

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"Bananas are practically a ‘sleeping pill in a peel’ containing magnesium, melatonin and serotonin," Margo says.

For more expert tips on how to cope with too much daylight and get a better night's sleep tonight, click through our gallery below. Sweet dreams ahead.

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