5 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep

sleepAccording to the experts, we need at least 8 hours sleep a night. Most of us fall below this, however. The lure of the tv, problems with insomnia, and late night habits can prevent us getting the shut-eye we need. Can you relate to any of the following signs? If so, then you are probably one of the high percentage who is not getting enough sleep, either.

Sign #1: You wake up feeling irritable

When the alarm clock wakes you up in the morning, you are probably tempted to throw the darn thing across the room. Getting out of bed, you probably scowl at yourself in the mirror, shout at the cat, and stomp out of the house to work. Let’s just hope nobody gets in your way on the daily commute.

Sign #2: Your day is unproductive

There is so much to do in the day, but if you are still suffering from a lack of sleep, your productivity level will be low. The household chores won’t get done, you won’t complete your work to a satisfactory level, and you won’t get through half of the things you intended to do during the day.

Sign #3: You fall asleep during the day

A power nap is okay once in a while, but if you are sleeping more than you should, you know your body hasn’t had the rest it needed the night before. From falling asleep at your desk to curling up on the couch when you return home, your sleep patterns will be in disarray if you don’t do something about it soon.

Sign #4: You become forgetful

A lack of sleep reduces brain power. So, if you walk into a room and don’t know why you did, or you can’t find that word you are looking for, even if it’s right on the tip of your tongue, sleeplessness may be the answer. This is problematic, especially if affects your performance at work.

Sign #5: You have a reduced libido

“Not tonight dear,” you say to your frustrated partner for the umpteenth time this month. You just aren’t in the mood, and that may be because sleep deprivation has reduced your libido. If this is a regular occurrence, it will cause problems in your relationship. Our advice: get the sleep you need, so you have the energy and passion levels to regain a better sex life.

The solution

The simple solution is this: get to bed at a decent time! Of course, that’s easier said than done. There may be issues affecting your sleeping patterns that go beyond your nightly Netflix binge and late night partying. To ensure you get a good night’s sleep, try the following.

  1. If your bed is uncomfortable, head to the Bed Shop and purchase something guaranteed to give you a better night’s sleep.
  2. If your bedroom is cluttered and badly designed, check out our calming bedroom ideas to give you a fighting chance of getting to sleep sooner.
  3. Meditate before going to sleep. Whether it’s through prayer or a simple mantra, focus your mind and remove any distractions from your head before you go to sleep.


Assuming you didn’t fall asleep reading our article (we are blaming your lack of sleep if you did), we hope you found it useful. A good night’s sleep is vital, for both your state of mind and your daily living. So, do what you can to get your z’s of a nighttime, and hopefully, you will feel refreshed and invigorated instead of tired and sluggish when you wake up at the start of each new day.

Cheque, Please: Cutting A Monthly Food Bill In Half

Cutting a monthly food bill in half

Men, women and children love food. It’s the fuel that keeps us going, but it’s also tasty and delicious. There’s nothing better than sitting down to a family meal and chewing away the rigours of the day. And, it’s not like you have to be Gordon Ramsay to enjoy the dish. He may have three Michelin stars, but he’s never put a fried egg on top of beans and toast! A side-effect of loving to eat is the cost. Sadly, too many people overspend and put their finances at risk to indulge their taste buds. Anyone that wants to stop should look at the following and take note.

The Pareto Principle

In short, the Pareto principle states that 80% of the outcome comes from 20% of the causes. So, you can save money by revolutionising a small amount of factors. Yep, it is this simple as long as you pick the features that doing the damage. An obvious example is eating out at a restaurant. Although you may do it once or twice a week, the cost takes away a huge chunk from your budget. By cutting down to one meal, or none at all, the food bill shouldn’t be as high in the future.

Organic Produce

Supermarkets have all the answer these days, which means picking up fruit and veg is simple. Just park up, throw the groceries in a trolley, and enjoy a coffee in the Costa café afterwards. What every homeowner has to know, however, is that growing fruit and vegetables is straightforward. The trick is to create a patch of land in the garden and add seeds which don’t require lots of time and effort. For example, rhubarb grows like a weed with a little water and some extra nutrients. Carrots and potatoes are effortless, too. Anyone that wants to go to the next level can build a greenhouse and try and grow exotic produce.

Free Range

Plenty of people hate the idea of producing meat but love to buy it from a shop. Ignorance is bliss in many ways. If you aren’t squeamish, keeping livestock is a fantastic way to get a fill of protein without paying over the odds. You’ll need a nice piece of land, mobile field shelters and lots of food, but the hassle is worth it in the end. Not only do the cuts last for weeks, but you know what is on your plate and from where it came. At the moment, supermarkets aren’t one-hundred percent truthful about their sources.

Bill Analysis

Don’t assume there isn’t any waste regarding your food bill. It may feel that way, but when you look at it properly, there will be things which can reduce the costs further. An excellent tip is to buy ingredients and cook meals that are low in cost yet produce a great amount of food. That way, there is plenty to go around if the hunger pains don’t go away without splashing out. Plus, the remainder of the dish can be used during the week for lunches.


It’s your choice, so which option will you pick?