We are the only mammals that willingly delay sleep. We spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping. That is a long time! So why do we treat sleep with less importance than it deserves?
Our sleep can be affected by many factors including stress, physical illness or pain, shift work, diet, and exercise. One of our biggest distractions is 24 hour internet access. It is becoming more and more difficult to switch off when we are leading a 24/7 lifestyle.
Our bodies can only be in one of two states: sympathetic (fight or flight) or parasympathetic (rest and digest). Lack of sleep or a reduction in the quality of sleep we get each night can cause us to be in the sympathetic state, in turn causing an increase in stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline. Do you think this is an optimal state to be in?
So what can we do to improve our sleep? These 6 simple tips may help.
1. Go to sleep and wake up the same time every day.
2. Control your exposure to light by getting as much natural daylight as possible in the day and avoiding screens 1 hour before sleeping.
3. Do not exercise too late.
4. Avoid big meals at night.
5. Wind down and clear your head. If you have a lot of things on your mind, try writing them down. This has been shown to help with sleep.
6. ropractic has been shown to help decrease the sympathetic drive of the nervous system. At Summit many of our clients have reported better sleep and improved energy through care. If you would like to know more call us on 01923 236162.