We spend approximately 1/3 of our lives asleep. Yet, to many of us, sleep is just something that happens at the end of the day, with little thought given to its importance. As a result, we are sleeping worse than ever before with far-reaching consequences for health and wellbeing. Sleep is a time of rich neurological activity – a time for repair, restoration and renewal, memory consolidation, cognitive maintenance and growth; we need it to feel balanced, energised, focussed and happy.
We reviewed the latest research and expert advice to bring you five top tips for getting some good quality shut-eye:
- Lay the foundation for good sleep throughout the day – eat breakfast, take regular breaks, stay hydrated, exercise.
- Avoid stimulants – caffeine, alcohol and nicotine are notorious sleep inhibitors.
- Make sleep a priority – take action by giving yourself a regular sleep and wake time, helping your body become accustomed to a healthy bedtime routine.
- Create a wind-down routine – this could include a bath, listening to music, gentle stretching, reading or meditation.
- Turn your bedroom into a quiet and peaceful sanctuary – ensure it is free of clutter and tech devices, keep lighting low and the temperature.