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The average human spends approximately 26 years (or one third) of their entire life sleeping, so to say sleep is important is a bit of an understatement. Sleep affects our mood, and our mood can affect our sleep – and our dreams! So, today we’re talking about how to get the most out of those precious hours in dreamland…

Start a ritual

Bedtime Ritual

One of the best ways to get a better night’s sleep is to make sure you’re properly relaxed and prepared for bedtime, and a bedtime ritual is an excellent way to do this. Bedtime rituals are simply a way to allow your mind and body to wind down before sleep and, when done regularly, they can help train your body to prepare for bedtime.

Bedtime rituals can include all sorts of things, from drinking warm milk or herbal tea to light stretching or reading.

Take a look at this article for 14 of the best night time rituals that can help lead to healthier sleep.

Get help from an app

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There are plenty of apps out there that can help you when it comes to getting to sleep or regulating your sleep pattern. Take a look at some of our favourites*:

Calm – not only does Calm give you techniques to help you sleep better, it also has methods to help you reduce stress and anxiety, and improve focus.

Sleep Cycle - Sleep Cycle tracks and analyses your sleep, waking you up at the perfect time to feel rested and energised.

Breethe - Breethe is your day to night inner wellness partner for anxiety, stress, sleep, and more. We particularly rate it for its relaxing selection of music and sounds to help you drift off to sleep.

*All of these apps are free but contain in-app purchases.

What are your dreams telling you?

Dreams are our brain’s way of sorting through information and can often reveal underlying emotions, or even bring to the surface things we didn’t even realise we were feeling. Some of the most common dreams, such as falling, failing an exam or being late for something, can be relatively easily deciphered. Take a look at this great infographic from Dreams that explains the most common dream meanings:

What Do Your Dreams Mean Infographic

Great literary dreams

Dreams can often play a huge role in literature, surging the plot forwards, revealing hidden desires or presenting surprising red herrings. We’ve put together a selection of our favourite books featuring unforgettable dreams. Take a look below:

It’s goodnight from us

Well, it’s been a blast. We’ve really enjoyed sharing this kooky collection of resources with you! Our A-Z of Wellbeing has featured everything from national projects to brilliant charities, support resources and wellbeing tips to family activities and fabulous music – in all, we’ve shared 130 different features with you throughout the month!

We hope you’ve enjoyed them, that they’ve been helpful and made you smile. There’s only one more thing to say – it’s goodnight from us!