After what seems like the longest and coldest winter EVER, the clocks are finally going forward to summer time on the 31 March.
However, there is one drawback. Yes, the nation will be discussing their amazement at it suddenly being 'so light at 6pm', but we are also bound to have a moan about our newly disrupted sleeping patterns.
Luckily, Dr Craig Hudson, who has more than 10 years' experience in sleep disorders, has come up with a solution for the perfect night's sleep. He has developed the 'BED' equation based on clinical trials that charted the behavioural, environmental and dietary factors that impact on quality of sleep. The formula then produced a 'sleep score' out of 10.
The checklist upon which the 'BED' formula is based prompts problem-sleepers to implement proven sleep-enhancing measures including:
* Reducing noise and light distraction
* Managing bedroom temperature at 21C
* Exercising during the day
* Avoiding protein three hours before bed
* Limiting intake of alcohol and caffeine
* Increasing carb intake such as bread or cereal in the evening
"If you stick with a few proven rules and lifestyle practices, the results will be more beneficial and last longer than any other alternative. Common misconceptions that you can 'catch up' on missed sleep from the previous night, or you can 'bank' sleep are a barrier to the real steps people can take to sleep more soundly," he says.
He is also the founder of Biosential, a company dedicated to researching sleep disorders and developing natural solutions. His work led him to create ZenBev, an entirely natural and healthy drink that has been clinically proven to aid sleep. The drink contains organic pumpkin seeds and is rich in tryptophan, a natural sleep drug. It is now available in the UK.
The One Week to Better Sleep programme is available free of charge from craighudsonmd.com. The full checklist for users to calculate their 'sleep score' is online.