I’m a sleep expert — here’s why you should never sleep in on the weekend

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It can be tempting to make the most of the weekend by sleeping in.

But doing so can actually have a detrimental effect on your sleep regime, sleep expert Stephanie Romiszewski has revealed.

“Catching up (on sleep) at weekends often only perpetuates poor sleep cycles and can lead to insomnia,” she explained to Express.co.uk.

“It’s okay to sleep in every now and again, but if you find yourself relying on this behaviour and it forms a pattern.

“When we lie in, it’s difficult for our brains to understand when to make us feel sleepy, as it feels you have had ‘extra’ sleep even if you went to bed later and didn’t have any extra sleep.”

It’s also important to consider what position you lay in when you prepare to go to sleep.

While sleeping on your side is “generally considered the healthiest sleeping position”, Eachnight.com‘s Narwan Amini strongly advised sleeping on your stomach.

“This position can lead to multiple issues such as strained muscles and joints, stiffness, back and neck pain,” Narwan said.

“Whilst it can often be difficult to transition away from a sleeping position, you can prevent pain and protect your back by placing a pillow under your hips.”

Sleeping on your side can have a detrimental effect on your bones and joints.
Sleeping on your side can have a detrimental effect on your bones and joints.
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In terms of maintaining a routine, you should prepare for bed by adapting your routine accordingly – reducing screen time around one to two hours before you hit the sack, nutritional expert and For the Ageless co-founder advised.

And a routine is vital to “keep the body’s sleeping patterns in sync”, Vitality behaviour change specialist Dr Roshane Mohidin explained.

“Lots of people are working from home so they’ve lost the structure of having a daily commute and this can mean it’s more tempting to stay up a later and sleep in a bit more.”

Sleep experts agree that limiting caffeine is essential for a good night's sleep.
Sleep experts agree that limiting caffeine is essential for a good night’s sleep.
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The last piece of advice is to watch what you drink before you go to bed – and maybe reconsider that final cup of tea because of the amount of caffeine it has in it.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

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