Do you get enough sleep?
A lack of sleep has a negative impact on everyone’s health. In fact the impact of a lack of sleep can promote disease. Lack of sleep may cause, among other things, insulin resistance, cardiovascular issues, a weakened immune system, hormone disruptions, a lower life expectancy, and mood swings.
Improving sleep will impact your health
Make sleep your priority and set yourself a goal to sleep a little longer each time. Ultimately, a night of seven or eight hours sleep is most ideal. By experimenting you will find out how much sleep you need. Don’t set an alarm clock and see how long you sleep. You will adjust to your natural circadian rhythm. Once you have found this you will feel much more alert and focused when you wake up.
Make sleep your priority
Set yourself a goal to sleep a little longer each time
Some ways to improve your sleep
Below are some ways to achieve a better night’s sleep:
- Follow a regular schedule and try to go to bed at the same time each time.
- Provide at least 20 minutes of sunlight (or daylight on your face) each day. It prompts your brain to release chemicals that regulate sleep cycles.
- Take regular walks in nature. (Substances that trees excrete such as terpenes and terpenoids provide a calming effect
- Turn off your wifi and all your electronic devices before you go to sleep and leave devices outside the bedroom.
- Put a notebook next to your bed and write down your to-do list or musings before you go to sleep, so you can close your eyes and make it less likely that you will be fretting or going to sleep with a full head.
- Do light stretching exercises or yoga before you go to bed.
- Use relaxation exercises such as a (guided) meditation or deep breathing to calm your mind.
And you will sleep like a baby…
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