A third of our life is spent sleeping. Not only does sleep rejuvenate and recharge the body, it also detoxifies, repairs damaged tissues, initiates growth and processes everything we learn, felt and experienced during the day.
A staggering 90 percent of the population have some form of sleep disturbance, often linked to depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, poor immunity, reduced work performance and much more. Warning signs that you may be sleep deprived include increased craving for sugar and coffee, headaches, poor motivation, concentration issues and frequently getting sick.
10 top tips to a good night's sleep
- If your mattress is 8-12 years old, you probably need a new one.
- Do not do anything in bed but sleep.
- Make sure the bedroom is quiet and dark.
- Do not watch TV in bed or watch stimulating TV shows just before bed.
- Start getting ready for bed around 9.30pm (each half hour of sleep before midnight equals two hours of sleep after midnight, in terms of quality).
- Drink relaxing herbal teas like chamomile before bed.
- If you are a mouth breather place Micropore tape over your mouth. You'll be amazed at how much more refreshed you will be in the morning.
- Get a solid night's sleep with a good, supportive pillow that keeps your neck in a neutral position.
- Make sure you have no electrical appliances within a metre of your bed. That includes switched on mobile phones!
- Try to go to bed at the same time each night.
Sleep is a critical part of your body's daily recovery process. It is while you are asleep that your body regenerates and recovers from the day's activity and stress.
If you are not sleeping well or getting enough sleep, your body will struggle to repair itself. You should aim to get eight hours sleep a night, and every 30 minutes you get before midnight is equal to two hours of normal sleep.
If you sleep on your stomach you will be twisting your neck and placing a lot of pressure on your spinal cord. Try to sleep on your side with your legs slightly bent. If you do sleep on your stomach try putting a pillow next to you to stop you rolling over.
You also need a mattress that will not only be comfortable but supports your body. Remember you should look to replace your mattress every seven years to ensure you continue enjoying maximum comfort and support.