April 12, 2024

Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page can now lull you to sleep by reading you a mindful bedtime story

How do you fancy heading to bed with Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page, a. k. a. The Duke, Simon Bassett? Well now you can, kind of.

Like Harry Styles did (and we were OBSESSED), Page has launched his very own Sleep Story on mindfulness app Calm, designed to lull you off to sleep as he tells the tale of Olde England, as a naturalist and his royal pupil discover the wisdom of nature. It’s titled ‘The Prince & The Naturalist’, but TBH, he could tell us a story of what he had for dinner and we’d be in a deep dream within seconds.

Speaking of the project, he said: ‘I know how valuable relaxation is for us all, especially in trying times, so I couldn’t be more glad to lend my voice to a Sleep Story. ’

He’s not wrong when it comes to the importance of good sleep lately. According to stats, one in four Brits are now suffering from insomnia since the pandemic began, and from techniques to help us nod off, to the ones that help us actually stay asleep, we’ve been sharing everything we can to help a gal out.

If it’s falling asleep you struggle with, we reckon Page’s Sleep Story could be a genuine game-changer, and Calm has some additional tips.

Tips to fall asleep faster
  1. Limit light: ‘Our brains produce more melatonin, the hormone that makes us sleepy, when it’s dark. ’ Switch off your phones, computers and TVs at least an hour before you hope to drop off.
  2. Support and regulate your circadian rhythm: ‘Also known as your body’s internal clock, it controls changes in hormones, body temperature, blood pressure, and other aspects of the sleep-wake cycle. ’ To keep yours in sync, stick to the same bedtimes and wake times, choose a bedtime when you’re naturally tired, rather than one that means you’re forcing yourself to sleep and unlikely to actually succeed, limit naps to early afternoons and get as much natural light during the day as you can.
  3. Manage your anxiety: ‘Science suggests that mental health and sleep are related. Practices to improve your mental health, such as meditation, may improve your sleep quality. Participants with sleep disturbance in a Calm Science study reported decreases in anxiety and depression after 8-weeks of participating in Calm for only 10 min/day and this was associated with better sleep. ’
  4. Prepare your body for sleep: ‘Meditation for 10 minutes/day makes unwinding at night much easier. 74% of participants in a Calm Science study reported improvements in their ability to “turn off their mind” when going to sleep and 71% were better able to physically relax before bed. ’

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