Why is a good night’s sleep so important?

Many scientists believe sleep allows our brain and body to recover alongside processing and consolidating memories. It is known that a good night’s sleep is essential for our health and wellbeing. And regular poor sleep has been shown to put people at risk of serious of medical conditions including obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Regular poor sleep can also shorten your life expectancy.  
 

How can you get your sleep on track?

There are many things you can do to improve your sleep. Here are a few examples:
 
  • Set a bedtime routine.
Establish a routine and stick with it and include the steps below.
 
  • Keep regular sleeping hours.
Most adults need between six and nine hours sleep each night. When you have established how much sleep you need, you can incorporate these hours into the routine. Try to wake at the same time each day, avoiding any urge to sleep in to catch up after a bad night’s sleep – doing this can have a negative impact on your routine.
 
  • Spend some time winding down.
Relaxation exercises, mindfulness, reading a book, a hot bath and all help so consider what works for you. Avoid using your smartphone or any electronic device for around an hour before bed.
 
  • Make your bedroom a relaxing environment.
Having a comfortable mattress, thick curtains to supply dark lighting and a temperature between 18-24C can all help; just as removing TV’s and electronic gadgets can be. Earplugs may be a worthy addition to reduce any noise. 
 
  • Keep a sleep diary.
Recording lifestyle changes that improve or reduce your sleep each day for reflection will help you identify what affects your routine and sleep patterns.

How can we help?

Our team can work with you, setting goals to improve your sleep routine. This will often involve consideration to your overall lifestyle including diet, levels of physical activity and self-esteem.
 
If you experience insomnia that lasts for more than 4 weeks, you should consult your Doctor.
 

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