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Good quality sleep is vital to our general wellbeing, particularly our immunity and mental health, so it’s more important than ever that we sleep well! If you’re finding yourself going to bed later and laterwaking up several times in the nightwaking up with anxiety, or feeling groggy upon waking.

For the body, first—sleep, and enough of it, is the prime necessity.” Edward Everett Hale

COVID-19 has brought the world into uncharted waters. Amongst all of the forced change caused by this pandemic, the foundations of our nutrition and lifestyle have been tested and routine has slipped for many of us. As we adjust to the emerging reality of future ‘waves’ and lockdowns for the foreseeable future, it is imperative that we take a moment to check in with ourselves about how we’re doing with maintaining our health foundations, starting with our sleep routine!

A recent survey carried out by King’s College London found that a significant proportion of the UK public has experienced changes to their sleep patterns since lockdown:

It is alarming that an already long standing health issue – sleep deprivation – might be getting worse! For instance, a 2018 survey found that only 6% of adults in the UK manage to achieve the recommended 8 hours sleep a night![ii] Strikingly, those with less than 7 hours sleep per night are up to 3x more likely to develop the common cold than those with 8 or more hours sleep.[iii] Poor sleep quality can lead to a wide variety of health issues, ranging from anxiety, depression, poor cognition, fatigue, and low immunity, to an increased risk of stroke and coronary artery disease.[iv] Read on to learn more about how you can support your sleep quality and re-establish this vital foundation of optimal health.


From our clinical experience to date, there seem to be several main drivers of the deterioration in sleep quality this year. Amongst the most significant are:


If you would like more personalised support, please seek the advice of a registered Nutritional Therapist or contact our Clinical Nutrition team on 0121 433 8702 or via email clinicalnutrition@biocare.co.uk.

This blog has been brought to us by Seema Vekaria. You can read the original article here on the website for BioCare.