Start the New Year with a Plan to Sleep Well
Guest blog post by Lisa Artis from The Sleep Council.
It’s the time of year when the New Year Resolutions kick in – lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, drink less. But all this could be to no avail if we don’t sleep well. There is so much out there about how we should exercise for 30 minutes three times a week and get our five-a-day but there’s never any mention about sleep. Yet a good night’s sleep makes us all feel so much better and can actually help in keeping the inches off your waistline.
With research telling us that a third of us now sleep for just five-to-six hours a night, and almost half of us complaining we don’t get enough, it’s imperative that we start focusing on sleeping better. It is a basic and fundamental human requirement and is vitally important for good physical, mental and emotional health as well as crucial for memory, learning and growth.
Lots of factors can be to blame for lack of sleep – stress, worry, kids, diet, health, uncomfortable bed etc. It’s important to address issues so that you sleep better. Why not take a look at your sleep environment and how you can improve it? Put the smartphone/tablet down before bed and practice better relaxation techniques, invest in a new bed and if you still can’t work out what’s stopping you sleeping, why not keep a sleep diary?
All simple ideas that could make for a better you this year. So, this year make a resolution which you could easily keep – and that’s to get a good night’s kip!