I’m going to let you into a secret. What’s the number one way that you can positively influence your wellbeing starting today?

Sleep. Get more of it.

And not just the ‘fell asleep after four glasses of merlot and a curry’ type sleep, but proper, good quality sleep.

Good quality sleep makes us more alert, less anxious, and improves our cognitive function. It even reduces the risk of strokes, heart attacks and diabetes.

And did you know that sleep deprivation is so harmful to humans that the Guinness Book of Records now refuses to recognize new attempts to break the sleep deprivation world record?

a pair of feet sticking out of the end of a bed with white bed linen - tired all the time - life coaching for optimum wellbeing

So why is it so important to get our 7-9 hours of ZZZs each night?

Well the body does most of its repairing when we’re asleep. One of the ways it does this is by using a process called autophagy – which literally means ‘self-eating’. Special cells called microphages go hunting for bits of old, used-up, dead or diseased cells which they can either recycle to make new cells or excrete from the body. In short, autophagy helps us get rid of toxins and slow the aging process.

But what are the things you can do to improve your quality of sleep and therefore optimize how well this process works?

Lots of things.

Ok, let’s be specific. One easy and effective thing you can do when you go to bed tonight is simply this: switch off your broadband router.

I can practically hear the gasps of horror echoing across the country, but hear me out.

black broadband router - switching off devices at night can help you sleep better

As well as being chemical and biological beings, we humans are also electrical systems. And things like Wi-Fi, mobile phone radiation, and electromagnetic fields from electrical appliances can impact the body, disrupting sleep patterns.

You may have heard of the cress experiment carried out by a class of ninth grade schoolgirls in Denmark who were struggling to concentrate on lessons? The cress seeds they grew in a room without Wi-Fi was just fine, but the cress seeds grown in a room with two Wi-Fi routers was, well, a lot less fine – it didn’t grow at all.

Perhaps try it for a week and see if you notice the difference in your quality of sleep: when you go to bed, switch your broadband router and any electrical appliances in your bedroom off at the plug, and switch your mobile phone onto airplane mode. Sweet dreams!

For my Top Ten Tips for Refreshing Sleep, just click on the link below:


Anne Bryant

Hi, I’m Anne. I’m a hugely passionate Life Coach, I love getting underneath the skin of what makes people tick, and helping them use this to achieve their biggest dreams. I also love helping people to regain their health from ME / CFS and Fibromyalgia. Originally from the beautiful county of Cornwall, my career started in the corporate world, where I spent twenty years coaching individuals and teams, training, leading change programmes, and many other ‘corporate things’. Falling ill with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) for six years led me on a journey of personal discovery, where I had to dig deep to understand exactly what I needed to do to regain my health fully again. In the process I had a massive realisation: that instead of just using my talents in a corporate environment, I wanted to use my coaching skills and experience to help individuals to fundamentally transform their lives. I now help people to create the life that sets them on fire – whether that’s by using my own experience as an ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia Support Practitioner to help guide them out of chronic illness and back to full health or by helping people in my capacity as Life Coach to dream big in any and every area of their life and put the steps in place to get them there. Here is what I believe: • Wellbeing is fundamental to living a fulfilling life • Recovery from chronic health conditions such as ME / CFS and Fibromyalgia is absolutely possible • Stress and burnout do not have to be the price of a successful career • You can take control of your life to achieve the balance you want, and design and live your most fulfilling life I am trained by the Coaches Training Institute; and am an ILM Accredited Wellbeing Coach and FHT Accredited Specialist Practitioner with The Chrysalis Effect Supported Recovery Programme. When I’m not coaching, you can find me at home in our little Bedfordshire village with my husband James, at the gym working towards ‘lifting heavy’, on my yoga mat, creating new art, or quite possibly rocking out at a music festival.

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