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10 Things You Need to Know About Moving House

10 Things You Need to Know About Moving House

It is said that moving home is one of the four most stressful things that can happen in your life. However, ultimately it is a positive experience as you are moving somewhere new and exciting.

Here are ten things you need to know about moving house which, when planned and implemented carefully, can make the experience virtually stress free.

1. Book Your Removal Company Early

Even before you finalize a moving date you can research removal options and ask any companies to quote. Removal businesses are in high demand so as soon as your move date is finalized, if you have the preparation out of the way, you can immediately book their services.

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2. Create a Master List

It is surprising how many people you need to inform that you are moving house, so if you create a list it makes it more likely that you won’t forget anyone. You can also add to it as you go along. Include all your friends and family; banks; insurance companies; the electoral register; utility companies; Council Tax; the Inland Revenue; any subscriptions you receive; and anyone else who contacts you regularly.

3. Health Providers

Don’t forget to inform your dentist, optician and doctor you are changing address. If you are moving to a new area you will need to find new providers, which means registering with a GP. If you take any regular prescription medications ensure you pick up enough to cover you during the changeover period.

4. Utility Companies

Inform all your utility companies you are moving house and on what date. You will also need to read your gas, electricity and water meters before you leave your home for the last time, plus read those at your new address when you arrive. Make sure all the necessary companies have the readings so they can complete your final bills. Also, don’t forget about your landline, broadband and mobile phone bills. You don’t want to be paying for services that someone else is now using.

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5. Insurance Companies

It is important to get in touch with your insurers as recalculations may need to be carried out. With home and contents insurance this will depend on your new property size and location but a move may also alter your vehicle insurance. A new postcode, off-street parking or garage availability can all make a difference to your premiums, whether positively or negatively.

6. De-cluttering

Moving home can be the perfect time to de-clutter and rethink about how you want to live. Clear out anything unwanted and either recycle it; sell it; or pass it along to a charity. However, also remember that if you need to order anything new, like furniture or white goods, these can have quite a long lead time in terms of delivery, so the earlier you plan the better.

7. Packing

Ask your removal company for boxes and packing material as early as possible, or collect your own, and then as you de-clutter you can pack what you want to take with you. The more organised you can be with this the easier it will be to unpack at your destination. Label each box with the room it belongs in and include a short description of the contents.

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8. Redirect Your Post

Royal Mail offers a paid service whereby you can redirect your mail for 3, 6 or 12 months. This is vital as there will always be companies and individuals you forget to contact and this gives you peace of mind you won’t miss anything important.

9. Ask and Tell

When you move into a new home there is always vital information you need. For example, what day the rubbish is collected; where the water stopcock is; and where you can find the utility meters. Money Saving Expert offers a great list of questions you might not even think to ask. Gather this information from the people who live in the house you are moving into and get a list of the same information together for your buyers.

10. Moving With Children and Pets

Finally, don’t add to the stress on move day by also having to care for young children and pets. Older children can help with the move but it is better to make sure infants have someone to spend the day with if possible. Move day can also be stressful for pets so confine them to one room or to their carriers as early as possible. You don’t want to be chasing your cat around the neighborhood five minutes before you are due to leave.

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Once everything is packed and on its way, the only other thing to remember is to know exactly where the box is which contains the kettle and cups. You will definitely need a cup of tea on arrival.

Featured photo credit: Ryan McGuire via imcreator.com

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Last Updated on October 16, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

    Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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