Did you know today is World Sleep Day?
Far from giving us a valid excuse to hit the snooze button and run late for work this Friday, World Sleep Day aims to highlight the health benefits behind a restful night’s slumber.
While we’d all like to say we get the recommended hours of shut-eye and wake up feeling refreshed each day, studies say many of us do not. If you fall into this category, sleep and stress specialist, Kirsten Taylor advises it may be time to make some lifestyle changes.
“A lack of sleep does no favours for your body – it can make it easier for illness to take hold, and even make it hard to lose weight.
“You should be able to have a good night’s sleep – getting to sleep quickly and staying asleep without waking. Pressing snooze only wreaks havoc with your sleeping patterns.”
Today is a great opportunity to evaluate your current sleeping habits. How well you sleep can not only influence your daily productivity and alertness, but also impact your long term health and well being.
Easy to say, but how do we actually get a better night’s kip? Your sleep quality can be affected by a range of factors, and most of these are within our control to change.
- Block out blue light. Short waves of blue light may interfere with sleep so try turning off TVs Computers and other blue light producers in the bedroom an hour before you go to bed.
- Avoid Naps. They make falling asleep at the right time even harder! If you must nap, keep it to 20 minutes or less.
- Get the right pillow. If you wake up with a stiff
neck, you’re more than likely using the wrong pillow for your body. Check out Lorraine Lea’s extensive range of pillows to get one that best supports yoursleeping style.
- Seal the mattress. Allergies can make sleeping impossible so make sure you neutralise dust mites with hypoallergenic bedding products for an undisturbed sleep.
- Set your body clock. Try getting yourself into a routine of going to sleep and waking up at about the same time every day, including weekends. This will get you into a healthy sleep cycle.