Nicole Scherzinger on the key way to stay in shape...

It’s January, and we’re STILL trying to burn off all those pigs in blankets. BUT, cutting calories and over-exercising might not be the best way to shed those pounds.

Although a body like Nicole Scherzinger seems totally unrealistic right now, the singer has revealed the easy way she keeps her slim frame.

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Nicole has admitted that plenty of shut eye is the key to staying in shape. Hoorah!

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‘Get lots of sleep – it really makes such difference,’ she advises.

Well, if we ever needed more of an excuse to stay in bed, then THIS is it! Want to boost your sleep? Here’s how…

 1. Eat little and often

Dr. Marilyn Glenville, author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar, explains: ‘Ensure you are eating little and often during the day to keep your blood sugar levels steady. This will ensure

that the hormone cortisol will start to wind down when you go to bed, as it is supposed to do.’

2. Put the phone down!

Yes it’s the hardest thing EVER but research suggests that people who are totally attached to their smartphones, are worsening the quality of their sleep. Nutritionist Cassandra Burns

reveals: ‘It is important to try to avoid using the likes of your smartphone, especially just before bedtime, as the blue light the devices give off can disrupt your body’s natural nightly

production of melatonin, the hormone that makes you feel sleepy.’

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3. Make your bedroom your sleep sanctuary

‘It’s important to keep work out of the bedroom, so move studying and getting through your emails to another room. This helps you to associate your bedroom as a place of rest,’ says

Nutritionist Shona Wilkinson.

She also says that making your room a calm and relaxing environment, can also help.

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4. Take magnesium

Known as ‘nature’s tranquilliser’, magnesium has a calming, relaxing effect on the body. It is particularly helpful if your sleep is being disturbed by cramps, as it is a muscle relaxant.

Cassandra recommends including more magnesium rich foods into your diet, such as leafy greens.

5. Keep a routine

Marilyn explains that bedtime routines are helpful for good sleep. She adds: ‘Keep routines on your normal schedule. Many women I see are actually falling asleep around 9pm and

then find they are waking too early in the morning. You want to try to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day. A cup of herbal tea, like camomile, an hour

before bed can begin the routine. Getting up at the same time is most important.’