We spend nearly 230,000 hours, nearly a third of our lifetime doing it, and on average need 8 hours a day. Catching zzz’s, hitting the sack, getting some shut eye, call it a night, are just some of the phrases used to refer to that daily activity we all do called sleep.
Personally, I don't and never have had any problems getting a good night’s sleep, however, for many it's not the same story and finding that peaceful space to rest and rejuvenate is just a faraway dream
To coincide with daylight saving, March is national bed month, raising awareness about the importance of a good night’s sleep.
Sleep allows our body to replenish energy stores and repair itself on physical, emotional and mental levels. When we get regular, unbroken sleep, our body can function from an optimum level, boosting our immune system, improving memory and mental wellbeing, it can help us keep slim due to keeping the hunger hormone ghrelin in balance and can even help increase fertility.
However, when we are sleep deprived, it is quite a different story. An occasional night without sleep can leave us feeling tired and grumpy, but consistent lack of sleep affects us on a deeper level and apart from the foggy brain making it difficult to make decisions and concentrate, which in turn puts us at a higher risk of having an accident, sleep deprivation can lead to depression and anxiety, puts us at risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes and ultimately can shorten life expectancy.
In today’s busy society setting yourself and your sleeping environment up to help promote sleep is key, so here are some helpful tips.
- Sleep in a cold room at approximately 18 degrees Celsius
- Ensure you have good curtains to block out all light
- Leave mobile phones out of the bedroom, not only do they emit radiation which can increase the amount of time it takes to reach a deep state of sleep, buzzing and flashing from incoming messages and alerts will prevent you from shutting off
- Avoid late night screen time. IPads and computers emit blue light which delays production of the sleep hormone melatonin.
- Get up at the same time every day so your body can establish a natural pattern.
- Reading for 15minutes before going to sleep will help calm the mental chatter of the mind and switch off from the day
Once you have established what helps you sleep consistently, develop a ritual that means an hour before bedtime you are already on the right path to a good nights’ sleep.
If you would like to further support in achieving a good nights’ sleep, then at Haelan Therapy we have an array of magical touch therapies that can help rebalance your physical, mental and emotional systems putting you back on track to reaching those 8 hours of dreamy bliss.
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By Jo Osborn