It’s official – lie ins are good for you

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Joy Richards - October 31, 2014 Hi, I’m Joy - Happy Beds' Sleep Specialist. Aside from Italian food and my three lovely boys, nothing makes me happier than helping our customers find what works for them, and how they can make the most of their forty winks.

It’s official – lie ins are good for you

It’s the news many of us have dreamt (pardon the pun) of hearing. Many sleep experts now agree that an additional hour spent in bed can actually have a positive effect, and the additional rest can bring benefits to the body and mind.

The Sleep Council spoke with a number of leading experts, who revealed various interesting facts associated with an extended lie in.

Whether you choose to meditate, relax or simply sleep, making the time for a lie in also gives your muscles an added boost, as you relax and unwind.

Dr Glen Kemp of the Newcastle Science City said:

"Many people suffer from low-level, chronic sleep deprivation without realising it and research has shown that some changes in hormonal and neurotransmitter levels due to sleep loss can be rebalanced by ‘recovery sleep'.

“Although oversleeping has been shown to have a negative effect too, there is a psychologically beneficial effect in enjoying a guilt-free period of deep relaxation without necessarily being fully asleep."

There are a couple of tactics you can adopt for a great lie in. Switch of the alarm clock, and unplug phones. Choose a good bed with the most appropriate mattress for you. Ensure you try them first, whether a pocket sprung mattress or an orthopedic mattress, it needs to be comfortable and big enough to accommodate those sleeping in it.

By implementing the above and keeping your bedroom dark, and with televisions switched off, you will be taking the right steps to ensure you benefit too.