“Sleep is essential for the repair and restoration of our minds and our bodies.”
Not only does sleep make us feel good, is it amazing for our long-term health and wellbeing. Ben Warren, in his recent seminar, spoke about the importance of sleep in maintaining good mental health and reducing stress. Through his research, he’s found that lack of sleep and sleep deprivation is associated with many mental health issues like depression and other mood disorders.
Check out our top tips for good sleep hygiene below!
Lack of sleep = more stress = more inflammation = less mood stability.
We all know how good we feel after a good night’s sleep. How how can we get our sleep routine back into control. Experts say that we should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. I’ve found that I run well only after 9 hours of sleep, however for you, it may be only 7 hours - it’s a matter of finding how much sleep is best for your body. Another tip they often give is that we should be aiming to wake and fall asleep at similar times every day. Using the natural light to wake and relax us is one of the best ways to transition your body.
If you’re needing to shift your sleep cycles, aim to move your bedtime and wake-up time by 15 minutes a night - gradually adjusting yourself.
At the BePure clinic, they recommend that you use a 2-week sleep log to help identify your sleep patterns and factors which impact your sleep. I love using the ‘Sleep Cycle’ app to track my sleep, sleep quality and the stages in which my body moves through during the night. I’ve found that my sleep cycle changes completely after going on my phone just before bed in comparison to nights where I wind down properly with my night routine. It’s amazing to see how your sleep is impacting by your night routine.
Building a strong, relaxing night routine is a great way to transition your body and prepare yourself for sleep. We share all about how to build good sleep hygiene in our blog post here.
Another great resource Ben Warren shared with us was an app called ‘Insight Timer’. This is a great app if you like having music, meditation or a book being read to you as you fall asleep. It has lots of free resources and has plenty of options. I’ve fallen asleep quickly with every use and have recommended it to my family too.
Check it out on the app store today if it’s something you’re wanting to look into.
Thanks for popping in and checking out our latest blog post, we’re wishing you the best in your endeavours to improve your sleep hygiene!
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