Students in Sheffield given sleep advice ahead of exams

James Wilson, sleep advisor Mr Wilson: "Sleep needs to be taken seriously"

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With exams looming and stress levels soaring, students in Sheffield are being given tips on how to get a good night's sleep.

Sleep adviser James Wilson will be showing students techniques on how to drop off - from simple breathing exercises to avoiding certain foods before bed.

He said: "Sleep helps you be more attentive, it helps you concentrate and remember things. It's something that does need to be taken seriously."

Mr Wilson, who set up a "sleep department store" in Sheffield offering advice on how to get more shut-eye, will run the workshops at the city's Hillsborough College.

His tips include basic breathing yoga exercises and advice such as removing any clocks from the bedroom to avoid "clockwatching" in the middle of the night. He added: "Often it takes somebody like me to point out the obvious."

Student Dayna Henley, who suffers from sleep anxiety, said: "I'm not a very good sleeper. I think that when it gets to the day of an exam I'll wake up late, not be able to get to college and miss my exam. Or I worry about not getting enough sleep."

But how does Mr Wilson sleep? "I sleep very well. I started reading a book about insomnia recently and I found that I took on some of the traits - so I had to stop reading it.

"Generally, I sleep very well and it means that I feel awake during the day and at night, go to bed very easily."

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