It’s a well-known fact that sleep is very important for our health. A great nights sleep is also beneficial to being more productive, boosts the immune system and contributes to our overall happiness.
But, did you know that according to The Medical Journal of Australia, it’s estimated that one third of Australian adults regularly have difficult getting to sleep or staying asleep.
These days we’re surrounded by distraction and responsibility. University students are skipping sleep and loading up on caffeine to study for exams between actual classes and their part time jobs. Mums and Dads are desperately trying to have a moment to themselves once the children have (finally!) gone to bed. CEOs and entrepreneurs are staying up late to finish a report or a pitch so that they can start on another one the following day…
The world is fast-paced, and unfortunately many of us are choosing sleep as the activity in which we are lacking to get ahead. The bad news is, it’s very likely to catch up and send you into an overtired, unwell, grumpy slump!
Even if you do allow yourself 6 hours of sleep each night, it can be frustrating when after 1 hour of lying in bed, you’re still staring at the ceiling. Enough of that we say! Here’s some seriously great tips to maximise sleep time.
1. Write your to-do list for the next day
2. Write in a journal/diary if you find your thoughts hold you back from falling asleep
3. Set your alarm for a reasonable wake time
4. Clear out all the clutter from your bedroom and create a cosy, relaxing space
5. Have a relaxing warm bath or shower
6. Turn the lights down low or use a dim lamp
7. Turn off all phones, laptops and televisions at least 1 hour before bed. If you have an iPhone you can also turn it to Night Shift which reduces the screens brightness turning the light to a yellow colour which is get glaring in the dark and makes it easier for you to get to sleep if you do need to use it prior to bed
8. Enjoy a herbal tea or Sleep Inner Beauty Powder drink (pictured)
9. Sleep naked – yes it’s true. Having less clothes on means you are less likely to overheat or get uncomfortably tangled in pajamas
10. Practice some light stretching to reduce the possibility of waking up with a cramp
11. Limit alcohol intake in the evenings
12. Read a light hearted book or article from your favourite blog (hint hint)
13. Do something active first thing in the morning – this will set your day up for ultimate productivity and help you have a deeper sleep that night.
14. Avoid eating a heavy dinner too late
15. No caffeine after 4pm
Happy Zzzzing! We hope you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the week ahead.