28/10/2011 08:23 BST | Updated 28/12/2011 05:12 GMT

Beat The Clock - Five Ways To Sleep Easy During The Darker Winter Days

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.