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National Bed Month: Here is why you should sleep in more

By Gabriela Fernández

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Women need an average of 20 more minutes of sleep than men. / Pixabay

While you are hiding under your duvet from Theresa May, Brexit and Donald Trump’s latest outbursts, you might ask yourself: “How old is this mattress, anyway?”

This month is National Bed Month, a campaign started by Sleep Council UK to open people’s eyes to how important it is to get a good night’s sleep.

The Council says a new mattress can lead to real improvement in sleep. The NHS recommends people sleep nine hours a night but studies show most of us manage just six.

To make us even more concerned, the National Sleep Foundation discovered that women need 20 more minutes of sleep than men. The study showed that women tend to multi-task and use more of their brain than men. That means the more you use your brain, the more it needs to rest while you’re asleep.

According to the World Health Organisation, a bad night’s sleep not only makes you irritable but can also contribute to the develop of heart disease, obesity, low immunity and cancer.

If you are used to restless nights- whether due to working hard or the never-ending political upheaval- it might help to get a new mattress, so you can get a better night’s sleep.

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