The importance of Sleep is certainly not a new concept. The more you read, the more you will find bloggers, authors and health experts talking about the importance of good sleep. Why is that, and how long should we be sleeping for?
I have heard through the years in my clinical setting and also from family and friends, people say, that they don’t need much sleep, or can survive on less than 8 hours and feel fine the next day. But have then gone on to observe, shorter attention spans, impatience, poor digestion and so forth. With restorative sleep, we have improved mood, enhanced physical and emotional resilience, better hormonal function and increased physical endurance.
The more you look into the sleep patterns and habits the more you will come to realise the importance of good restorative sleep..
With restorative sleep, we have improved mood, enhanced physical and emotional resilience, better hormonal function and increased physical endurance.
Below are some of the essentials when it comes to Sleep routines and habits -
- The best time to be in bed is by 10pm. Getting two hours of sleep before 12pm is vital.
- As adults we need a minimum of 8 hours sleep per night.
- Avoid any form of technology in your bedroom. The light emitted from these devices can interfere you getting a restorative sleep.
- Try to avoid being using technology at least 30 minutes prior to bedtime.
- Have a relaxing bath or a cup of herbal tea (chamomile) if you find it difficult to get to sleep.
- Magnesium supplements can be very helpful if you find it difficult to get to sleep and/or stay asleep during the night.
Habits take time to create. I have certainly found with building a business and brand that I have had periods where I have lived on very little sleep and as a result have neglected my health and wellbeing. One of our big focuses this year, not just personally but as a family is to aim for at least 5 nights a week to be in bed by 10pm. It is a challenge, but it is one of the biggest things you can do to improve your health and wellbeing, and also your productivity the next day.
For further reading I would highly recommend the books by Dr Libby Weaver, particularly her book Beauty From The Inside Out.