Health magazine autumn 17

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unplug! Author, Life Coach and Mindful Living Expert Camilla Sacre-Dallerup gives her top tips for a restful night’s sleep! We are plugged in most of the day, with computers and phones never far from our fingertips. So, in my opinion it has never been more important to actually consciously switch off and seriously unplug when we finally do climb into bed at night, not to mention scheduling in ‘no phone events’ throughout the day, but I’ll touch on that subject in another post. Now, I’m writing this from a perspective of someone who knows what can actual happen when we don’t unplug, as I used to be a qualified member of both the workaholic and stressed and burnt-out club. Yep, I was that person that slept with the phone right next to my pillow and even picked it up in the middle of the night, if I was traveling and on different time zone to the UK. Now, however I leave my phone far away from the bed and preferably in another room because I know the importance of a good night’s sleep. I truly believe that when we allow the body time to rest fully we awake with more clarity in our minds, calmer and able to deal with everyday stress in a much more efficient and relaxed way. So let me share my top tips to unplug and get the restful sleep you deserve.

2. Turn you phone on silent and leave the phone so far away from your bed that you would have to get out of bed to get it (this takes practice, I know, but once you try it you will love it!)

1. Stop working at least 1 hour before you go to sleep to allow the mind time to slow down and prepare for rest. camillasacredallerup

3. Allow yourself 3-5 minutes, or longer if you can, to meditate. It can be as simple as tuning into your breath before sleeping. You can count your breath from 1-20 to help you, in on 1, out 2, in 3 and so on up to 20. Repeat as many times as you feel comfortable with. This simple mindfulness exercise helps calm the entire nervous system and preparES the body for rest. 4. In the morning before you reach for the phone, tune into your breath again and before you invite in the distractions, take a few minutes to set your intention for the day. By easing into relaxation and sleep and then easing into the day in the morning, it will give you a true sense of having unplugged and you will be a much more productive and happy version of yourself. You can unplug with Camilla here:

‘Turn you phone on silent ALWAYS and leave the phone so far away from your bed you would have to get out of bed to get it”

Health Magazine Autumn 2017