Eating the right foods and regularly exercising aren’t enough to maintain good health. You also need to get a solid night’s sleep every night. This blog post is going to highlight some of the main benefits of spending quality time with your duvet and then give you some tips on how to get the best rest you can.
Sleep is an important part of mental health. Imagine that your brain is like a supermarket. During the night, a supermarket is closed to the public but may have workers inside restocking shelves and doing odd jobs. When you’re asleep your brain is doing a similar kind of thing. It’s organising your thoughts and dealing with problems in your life. That’s where the expression ‘I’ll sleep on it’ comes from!
Getting your 8 hours is also very important for your heart. Sleep deprivation is linked to cardiovascular diseases. It’s also linked to diabetes and obesity which can be for two reasons. The first is obvious, you’re more likely to reach for a sugary treat when you need a quick energy fix. Lots of high sugar foods equal weight gain. A lesser known fact is that sleeping plays an important role in hormone production. When this isn’t done properly your body can be lacking in leptin – this is what tells your brain that you’re full after eating.
Now that you know why sleep is important let’s talk about what you can do to get more of it. If you’re finding it hard to fall asleep your phone could be to blame. The blue light of the screen is a brain stimulant. Try downloading a red light filter app; better yet, switch off all electronics and hour before bedtime.
Lavender oil can be used as a natural remedy for sleeplessness. Its calming effect helps you drift off to sleep. Try sprinkling some over your pillow. Alternatively you could put fresh lavender into a scent bag and put that under your pillow. Another natural remedy is warm milk. This works because warm milk contains an amino acid which encourages snoozing. Even getting into a routine of drinking warm milk before bed can help you sleep better because it puts you into a bedtime state of mind.
So remember, girls, hitting the pillow for 8 hours is just as – if not more – important than hitting the gym!