9th March 2017

“To sleep: perchance to dream…”

Are you getting enough sleep? I know I’m not. What with a busy social life, and early starts and early workouts, I seem to be constantly suffering from mild sleep deprivation. The effects of this can build up and can be significantly damaging to your body and those around you. Here are just some of the negative outcomes of not getting enough sleep. 

– Increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and stroke. 

– Mood swings

– Weight gain

– Irritability and lack of motivation 

– Dangerous driving

To name but a few. I personally don’t want to suffer from any of these symptoms. Most sleep experts claim that the healthy number if sleep hours for an adult is somewhere between 7-9. So how do we make sure we get enough sleep? 

-Establish a good routine. Go to bed a the same time every night, wake up at the same time and your body clock will start behaving. 

– Get your night time routine down. Make sure you’re in bed half an hour before you want to sleep, and make sure ALL TECHNOLOGY IS SWITCHED OFF. 

– Get in a good amount of exercise in your week, this will tire your body out. 

– Cut off caffeine after mid afternoon, and indulge in some calming herbal teas. 

– Make your bed an exciting place to be -lovely sheets, cosy lighting, soft pyjamas. 

– Have a lovely bath to lull you into sleep. 

– Get yourself as ready as possible for the morning, to minimalize stressful thoughts in bed. 

– If you’re really struggling, keep a sleep diary so you can see where you’re going wrong. Writing it down will also encourage you to stick to your schedule. 

And finally, to get you exciting for night time bliss, try these wonderful products. 

– Clipper’s Snore & Peace herbal tea. 

– Pukka’s Night Time Tea

– Lavender Oil- gently rub some on your temples, or sprinkle a couple of drops on your pillow. 

Sweet dreams!

REF: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/tiredness-and-fatigue/Pages/lack-of-sleep-health-risks.aspx