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Thursday, June 16, 2016

How often have you take the time to create a peaceful nights sleep?

If you're like most people, it's just something you do without thinking too much about it, nor realising the effect it can have on your body (both good and challenging effects)

Here are some benefits of having a good, or even GREAT nights sleep, then some ideas on how to improve your sleep. 

Benefits of a good nights sleep

1. You can concentrate better - how often do you have those days where you can't seem to shift the brain fog, or concentrate on what you're doing? Research has shown that a good nights sleep improves you concentration levels so you are more productive and purposeful in the activities you participate in (also really good if you're driving a car) 

2. You'll be in a better mood - various studies and surveys have shown that people blame lack of sleep when they are irritable or just 'out of sorts'. Just imagine being able to jump out of bed ready to enjoy the world? If this is a foreign concept to you, you may need to adjust your sleeping patterns

3. You can make better and informed decisions - we've all probably heard the saying 'just sleep on it'. If we program a challenge into our brain before we go to sleep, then trust it to find the answer, we can either wake up with a solution (our brain can search for information even while we are asleep) or be able to think about it from a different perspective when we wake up. 

4. It will improve your immune system - lack of sleep can suppress your immune system and make you vulnerable to infections. Studies have shown that the risk is trebled compared those that get 8 hours or more a night 

5. You can live longer - regularly sleeping shorter hours is associated with a shorter lifespan. The studies that proved this also showed that people who routinely sleep fewer than 6 hours sleep a night have a higher risk of dying sooner than people who sleep for 7 or 8 hours a night

You can improve your sleep by:

1. Be active during the day - it will help your body 'need' the rest

2. Go to bed at the same time every night so your body gets into a routine of knowing when to sleep

3. Get up at the same time every day - helps with the routine

4. Don't nap if you lose sleep - move to keep yourself going until your normal sleep time

5. Develop a bedtime routine, which may include cleaning your teeth, leaving your electronics away from the bed, meditate or whatever it is you do. Make it your own

6. Make sure noise and light levels are conducive to a good sleep environment

7. Keep your bedroom for sleeping - try and keep your electronics 'including television' or your desk out of your room. If you go to bed stimulating your brain, or see what you need to do, your brain will switch on and find it harder to switch off

What can you do to get a good nights sleep? 

Make the effort to make it better 

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