Today is World Sleep Day, but why is sleep so important?
1 in 3 of us suffer from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed.
Sleepless nights can cause bad moods, lack of focus and can affect your health.
How can we increase and improve out quality of sleep? 1. Go to sleep a regular time: most adults need 6-9 hours of sleep a night, so going to bed a similar time every night & waking around the same time every morning will help to get you in a good sleep routine.
2. Enjoy a warm bath: this will help your body reach a temperature that's ideal for rest. Writing a 'to do' list for the next day: by making a list of jobs for the next day it will help to clear your mind of distractions.
3. Listen to relaxation music: there are many playlists on BBC Sounds and Spotify which are put together to help you relax and wind down before bed.
4. Avoid screen time: turn the tv off and avoid phones and tablets for a hour before bed. Light from these screens can have a negative affect on your sleep.
5. Light a candle containing lavender: lavender works by calming the central nervous system and promotes a slow-wave sleep;
6. Ensure your bedroom is dark: darkness is essential for our bodies to recognise it's time to rest and for it to increase melatonin levels which sends our brain a 'time to sleep' message. Darkness also improves quality of sleep.
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