Do you go to bed at all different times of the day and night?
Did you know that quality sleep is important for a long, happy, and healthy life?
I remember when I was at university for four years I survived on very little sleep, and little did I know that it was absolutely the wrong thing to do. I did burn the candle at both ends, partying a little and trying to finish assignments late at night.
While occasional sleep deprivation is understandable and, sometimes, unavoidable in the long term it can increase the risk of many medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart problems and cancer. Apparently, cancer cells can multiply faster without good quality sleep.
We all must realise that our ability to fall asleep, stay asleep and enjoy deep sleep is a direct result of what we do in our everyday lives. Our circadian clock/rhythm cycle tries extremely hard to manage all of this for us.
Our bodies are part of a light and dark cycle that influences brain-wave activity patterns, cell repair, blood pressure, mood, metabolism, and hormone levels – including secretion of the sleep hormone, melatonin. A hormone produced by our brain that follows the rising and setting of the sun.
The challenge we have is that our modern day lives are filled with many distractions and artificial light that tricks our brains into being awake and alert. Blue light devices, caffeine, eating late at night and exercising at the wrong time of the day can interfere with our circadian rhythms.Looking at a blue light device before bed is NOT a good idea!
Therefore, a sleep routine is important to maintain a healthy circadian rhythm.
This is something that you can work on for yourself. One simple tip is to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This can reset your circadian rhythm and try not to have caffeine after 2 pm. If you are curious and would like to learn more about getting a good night’s sleep book into one of our online sleep workshops.
Ask yourself these questions to find our if our Optimise Your Sleep workshop is for you:
Would you like to be healthier and be in a better mood?
Would you like to slow down ageing?
Would you like to increase your libido?
What would your life be like if you had tried percent more brain power?
What would your life be like if you had more time, and you were more productive?
We can provide you with some information to build your own personalised sleep health routine. We even sharewith you a list of all the foods that contain naturally occurring melatonin. Find out more: Optimize Your Sleep NOW