Benefits Of Sleep
You know what they say – if you’d like to have a good night’s sleep, lie very very close to the edge of your bed – you’ll soon drop off.
All joking aside though, getting a good night’s sleep seems to be as elusive as getting a good coffee nowadays or a parking space.
And we all want the benefits of a good night’s sleep don’t we? Because we know it’s good for us.
We’ve read the articles – we know the spiel – and we’ve all seen the dark-circled, creased-faced dude from accounting drag himself in clutching his coffee…. And we don’t want to be him. We want to sleep. So, how can we get a better night’s sleep?
Here are Ripple’s top ten commandments of sleep:
- Thou shall have regular times for going to bed and waking up
- Thou shall not nap more than half an hour during the day
- Honour your exercise routine but not just before bedtime
- Thou shall use the bedroom for sleeping only. Not for working or watching movies
- Thou shall not smoke at all and thou shall cease drinking alcohol 4 hours before bedtime
- Thou shall not consumeth caffeine 6 hours before bedtime
- Thou shall shun the food that is sugary or spicy 4 hours before bedtime
- Thou shall commit to the trash any uncomfortable mattress and bedding
- Thou shall not bear distracting noise in thy room nor any light
- Thou shall keep thine room airy and at a comfortable temperature
Benefits Of Sleep
The Australian Sleep Health Foundation (ASHF), states that a lack of sleep can contribute negatively to our mood too. “Without good sleep,” they say, “you can end up irritable, snappy and teary, which impacts on your personal and professional relationships.”
Our well-meaning bodies will try to compensate for this by activating the adrenal glands and sending hits of stress hormone, to the body. “This acts like little caffeine shots,” the ASHF states. “While this may work in the short-term, it’s not good in the long run as frequent spikes can lead to high blood pressure and weight gain.”
So, there it is – there’s no getting away from it – if we ‘d like to feel and look great, stay healthy and perform to the best of our abilities, getting a restful night’s sleep needs to be at the very top of our ‘to-do’ list.