Diabetes warning: THIS is why you should never go to bed drunk

Regularly missing out on sleep can lead to a number of serious conditions.

“In the long term, poor sleep has been linked to an increased risk of numerous serious illnesses such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression and even some cancers,” said Dr Neil Stanley, a sleep expert.

While traffic noise or a snoring partner will not help, certain lifestyle habits can affect our sleep quality.

These include drinking alcohol too close to bedtime.

According to the NHS, even a small amount of alcohol in your system when you fall asleep can cause a problem.

It takes an hour to break down one unit of alcohol - the equivalent to a third of a pint of beer - which you need to take into account if you are drinking in the evening.

A 24-hour sleep guide, created by Furniture Village, suggested that if you plan to fall asleep by 11.30pm it is best to have your last drink by 7pm.

Similarly, the guide recommended eating dinner no later than 8pm - or at least three hours before bed.

Dr Stanley also warned against scrolling on your phone just before bed.

“Give yourself the best shot at switching off, by switching off. Reduce blue light and avoid looking at digital devices and bright lights for two-to-three hours before bed,” he said.

Taking a particular supplement could also help.

“Magnesium is probably one of the most important minerals when it comes to sleep,” said Libby Limon, a nutritionist.

“I often recommend that those with sleep issues takes a magnesium supplement.”

The guide also suggested how people can improve energy levels in the afternoon - a time people frequently experience a slump.

Drinking lots of water can help, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

This is because dehydration can cause you to feel tired, with even a 1.5 per cent loss of the body’s water weight affecting energy levels and mood.

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