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Expatriate Insurance News: Relaxing activities 'promote healthy sleep'

Expatriate health insurance policyholders may wish to follow the advice of one expert and carry out relaxing activities before bedtime in order to improve their sleep.

Jessica Alexander of the Sleep Council explained reading, listening to music and painting can all help relax the mind at the end of the day.

"All of us need to find that thing or things which helps us to switch off," she remarked, adding some activities – such as watching television – are not recommended as they stimulate the brain.

She noted getting a good night's sleep is especially important in the current economic climate, as uncertainty surrounding job security is putting some workers under heightened levels of stress.

Not sleeping properly could also have health implications, as recent research published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association, revealed deprivation of slow wave – or deep – sleep can lead to adverse blood pressure among older males.

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