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HOW GARDENING CAN HELP YOU RELAX

Trouble sleeping? Maybe eating the right veg is all you need, says nutritionist Susie Kearley

There’s been a fair bit of publicity recently about the effect of lack of sleep on people’s health and the economy, with new research reporting that sleep deprivation costs the UK economy £40bn a year and increases mortality. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to improve our chances of a good night’s sleep, including gardening and paying attention to good nutrition.

The Sleep Council says: “Sometimes sleeplessness can be caused simply because we have not been active enough during the day.” One study showed that people who exercised for 20 to 40 minutes, four times a week, slept better than those who didn’t exercise at all. Any form of exercise will help your body use up surplus energy and wind down to a relaxing sleep, but gardenin beneficial because you relax and unw it reduces stress an anxiety, and it puts you in a happy, healthy frame of mind, all of which are absolutely necessary for healthy, undisturbed sleep.

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In this month's issue of Kitchen Garden... - Win gardening goodies Instant garden borders & more worth £1325 - Curry night grown by you - For the love of veg 10 pages of red hot growing advice - 27 big crops for tiny plots - Veggies from a jam jar - Prepare for spring 3 pages of essential top tips - 10 ways to boost your harvest - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall