Why You Keep Struggling To Get A Good Night Sleep
It’s no secret that many of us struggle to get a good night’s rest – with nearly two million Aussies affected by sleeping disorders or sleep apnoea every year.
There is plenty of data that’s shows the number of admissions into sleep studies have increased significantly since the 2009.
With so many things that take up our headspace each day, it’s important that we take into account how much sleep we are getting when thinking of our overall health.
Whilst fatigue, difficulty concentrating and daytime sleepiness are common symptoms of sleep deprivation, many of us are unaware of the adverse effects a lack of sleep can have on health, brain and body function.
Sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can put you at risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and even diabetes! By embracing better sleep habits, you not only improve your overall health but also protect yourself from future illnesses.
Here are our top six tips on how to get a better and more rejuvenating night’s sleep:
Keep To A Regular Time
It’s important to get your brain used to sleep by getting into bed at a set time, regulating the body’s day / night rhythm.
Switch Off All Electronics
Using devices such as smart phones and iPads before bed can disrupt your sleep cycle due to the blue lights emitting from these devices affecting your brains ability to produce melanin. Make sure to put everything aside at least two hours before bed to get a restful sleep.
Getting enough exercise daily will help develop a better night’s rest, making you fall asleep quickly with a deeper sleeping pattern.
Reduce Caffeine Intake During The Day
Excessive caffeine intake might disrupt your sleep. Try and limit the intake to one or two cups per day, as caffeine shortens the phases of the sleep cycle!
Meditation helps with problems of falling asleep by calming the mind. Practicing meditation during the day will help lower your stress levels, which will help you to fall asleep faster at night. Or try to relax by taking a bath, reading a book or even listening to some calming music.
Create An Optimal Sleeping Environment
Adjust the room temperature to keep your body at a comfortable coolness so it will not disrupt your sleep. Sleeping in total darkness can also help you fall asleep faster.
So there you have it, a good night’s rest is not only key to keeping your concentration and energy up, but also helps to keep the immune system strong.
Remember, you’re not 100 per cent healthy unless you get at least 6-8 hours of good sleep per night, so make sure to get plenty of shut eye, even over the Christmas break.