Sleep is the Secret to Good Health
How often do we hear the phrase “I’m so tired” and “I went to bed too late last night”. Sleep is not only important for being able to function the following day without our eyes drooping, but it is actually one of the most important parts of our day.
When we are asleep, we produce melatonin which aids the burning of fat, collagen/tissue/cell repair in our bodies, and even helps improve our memory. Sleep is so much more than reducing the dark circles under our eyes!
Between 10pm and 2am is the prime time to be asleep as this is the time when our bodies will produce the most melatonin so it might be time to consider earlier nights!
Sleep is not only good for our physical health, it is crucial to keeping our mental health in check as it boosts mood. It even makes us more productive – another great reason so get in those well needed Zzz’s!
If you struggle to get to sleep, it could be that your mind is too active before you get to bed. Often the light from our smart devices and televisions prevents our brains from zoning out and relaxing into a good night’s sleep. Try to avoid looking at your phone an hour before bed or instead of watching TV immediately before, read a book instead. You’ll probably find that this aids your ability to fall to sleep and is a really good way of nurturing your mental health and well-being. See if you can give our sleep challenge a go!
Challenge:- put your phone away 1 hour before you go to bed and read a couple of chapters of a book (a magazine if you prefer!) instead every night for 2 weeks. See if your sleep improves!