How to get a good night’s sleep
As part out our New Year resolutions, we are exploring the benefits of a good night’s sleep and how to get one!
Why is sleep so important?
We all know how amazing a good night’s sleep can leave you feeling, especially when you wake up and realise it’s the weekend!
But did you know that a good night’s sleep is really beneficial for your health and well-being? We have picked out a few of our favourite benefits to share with you:
- Your brain actually works out problems and prepares you for the next day, without you even knowing it!
- Sleep allows your body to heal, helping to repair your heart and blood vessels
- It helps maintain the balance of your hormones and gives your immune system a boost
How to get a good night’s sleep?
So you have gone to bed at a reasonable hour and you are ready for eight hours of healing sleep but two hours later you look like this….
…#dontsweatit we have all been there! Fear not friends, we have some simple tips for you to get that elusive shut-eye.
We know a “bedtime routine” sounds like something for a five-year-old, but getting into the habit of winding down from the day before bed can prepare you for a night of sweet dreams. Put together your own cosy bedtime routine; for example you could try having a warm bath, reading a book or listening to relaxing music (or all three!).
Your smartphones and mobile tablets could be stopping you from having a great night’s sleep, and not just because you can’t stop scrolling through Facebook. Your portable electronics are emitting something called “blue light” which suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone which controls sleep and wake cycles.
We will be putting our mobile devices away from 7pm from now on to see if it makes a difference.
To do…or not to do?
If you have lots of things on your mind, rather than rolling over and trying to forget them, write a “to do” list for the next day, this will help you relax. If you are still thinking about the items on your list #dontsweatit, let your mind wander and explore those thoughts without getting frustrated. Trying to block thoughts out is almost always counterproductive!
There are lots of mobile apps out there that can help you track your sleep. Sleep Cycle is used by one of the S&G girls and comes recommended. The app helps you keep track of things that you have done or eaten that could be affecting your sleep and wakes you up at the lightest part of your sleep cycle, leaving you feeling fresher than usual when waking up.
We also find that doing some exercise earlier in the evening can help get a great night’s sleep, so why not check out our blog on price busting ways to exercise here.
16th January 2015
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