Who hasn’t been a culprit of burning the candle at both ends? Well… sleep is the often-forgotten miracle drug that can help us transform our lives!
There is nothing nicer than waking after a long, deep sleep. But sleep goes way beyond boosting our moods and eliminating the dark circles around our eyes… It’s now more than ever known to be linked to better health, clearer thinking, crucial memory formation, concentration, stronger immunity and lower risk of injury. Sleep also massively reduces stress, when our bodies are sleep deprived they go into a state of stress which increases the heart pressure and the production of the stress hormone, cortisol.
Sleep helps our brain work properly and on average we should be getting 8 hours a night (studies say that if you have less, you have a 30% higher chance of being over weight!). If our sleep is cut short the body doesn’t have time to complete all of the phases needed for muscle repair, memory consolidation and the release of hormones regulating growth and appetite.
Never in my life, have I had trouble sleeping… In fact the only problem I have had with it, is constantly falling asleep!! Put me (as a passenger) in the car, I’m out. Watch a movie with me, 10 mins in… Fast asleep! But recently, I have been struggling with serious bouts of insomnia. I have no trouble falling asleep but I will then wake up and lie there for hours without being able to fall asleep again…. There is nothing more frustrating!!
One of the main causes of insomnia is deep level exhaustion. If you are struggling with your sleep, here are a few things that might help… They worked for me!
– Don’t use your phone or laptop an hour before bed, the blue lights emitted from these devices tell our brains that “it isn’t time to sleep”
– Try including exercise into your daily routine. If you’re sitting at a desk all day, your body may not be physically tired enough to sleep.
– When you get into bed, breathe deeply, from your diaphragm for at least 5 minutes (you might not even make it to 5 minutes!). Let the day’s anxieties, worries and stress go and literally breathe them out of your body.
– Don’t drink coffee (at any time of day!) – I know this might come as a shock because you may think “well how will I make it through the day?” but the reason you’re tired may be down to the fact that you’re not sleeping well, which could be due to your caffeine intake. If you cut it out for a week and focus on getting your sleep – you’ll probably find that your body will start working as it should!
– Be careful with your daily sugar intake, blood sugar levels have been linked to poor sleep.
– Try Clipper Tea’s ‘Sleep Easy’!
It’s a busy time of year! In the midst of the summer-excitement, make sure that you are taking time for yourself, getting some sleep and looking after your body!