Sleep is better than therapy says Homeland's Clare Danes

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Homeland's Claire Danes says most of the time, people just need a good nap…

Claire Danes at TV emmys 2013

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Claire Danes has said thanks to her British husband, she realised she didn't need to go to therapy – she just needed a bit more sleep.

Speaking to Vogue, the 34-year-old Homeland star explained that English hubby Hugh Dancy opened her eyes to American therapy culture.

"That British reserve is so welcome," she said. "I come from the land of therapy and love it, therapy is great, but Hugh really helped me discover that, a lot of the time, I'm just tired."

"I don't have to go through this labyrinthine explanation, there doesn't have to be that much back story, I can just be in need of a nap," she continued.

Danes isn't wrong either. Sleep is vital to allow our bodies to recover from the day, both physically and mentally (and – it's free. Bonus.)

The Mental Health Foundation explains that on average, we sleep 90 minutes less each a night than people did in the 1920s. So why does it matter? They explain that a 'lack of sleep can make us feel physically unwell as well as stressed and anxious, and scientists also believe that it contributes to heart disease, premature ageing and road accident deaths.'

So how can you boost your shut eye tonight?

  • Exercise regularly, but at least three hours before bedtime.

  • Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol before bed.

  • Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.

  • Only use your bed for sleep or sex. You need to associate it with sleeping - not working or watching TV.

  • Take a tip from babies and establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine that helps switch off your mind and signals your brain that it's time to sleep.

  • If you can't sleep, don't make the situation worse by getting stressed. Get up and do something calm and relaxing like reading, until you feel tired.


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