The Importance of sleep.
Sleep is one of the most overlooked and underrated aspects of our health and recovery
Without good quality sleep, we can run into issues such as,
Fatigue & lethargy
Reduced creativity and problem-solving skills
Concentration and memory problems
Difficulty making decisions
Frequent colds and infections
Increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, & other health problems
Lack of motivation
Inability to cope with stress
Moodiness and irritability
Impaired motor skills & an increased risk of accidents
How much sleep will depend on a vast amount of factors from the amount of exercise you perform to how much daily stress you are under.
The average adult will need anything from 7-9 hours of good quality sleep per night.
There are also some negative factors that we may not even think about that can affect the quality of our sleep like,
Eating large meals before bed
Drinking too much liquid before bed
Consuming Caffeine in the latter part of the day
And drinking alcohol before bed
Looking at bright screens to close to bedtime
Just to name a few.
But we can also set ourselves up for a better nights sleep by managing our stress especially before bedtime by,
Writing down any problems or issues on paper
Conduct some deep breathing techniques
Use meditation and relaxation techniques
Avoid any stressing tasks or thoughts before bed
Keep the bedroom clean and tidy
Have a hot shower or bath
Do something you enjoy before bed
We can also set up our bedrooms to optimise our sleeping environment by,
Eliminate noises that may disturb your sleep
Keep our bedroom at the right temperature (18-22C/64-72F)
Ensure the room is dark enough
Ensure your bed is comfortable enough
I hope this little rundown helps and that you all sleep better tonight after reading it.
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