Tossing and turning all night is never a good thing – and many of us are all too familiar with the exhaustion that results. More than one in three Australians have poor sleep patterns, according to the Sleep Health Foundation, and chronic lack of sleep can take a toll on our health.

Ongoing sleep deficiency can lower your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight infections. It can trigger mood changes like irritability, depression and anxiety. And studies have linked insufficient sleep to: weight gain; increased risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes; and even shorter life expectancy. 

In the same vein, good sleep habits promote everything from memory (your brain needs rest to form new neural pathways to learn and retain information) to good mental health (you’re better able to solve problems, regulate emotions, and make decisions when you’re rested) to hormone regulation and healing. So we asked sleep experts to share their go-to insomnia hacks to find out the best ways to nod off at night.

 

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