Having enough sleep is ESSENTIAL for good health.  The saying “you’ll feel better after a good night’s sleep” really does ring true!

Research has shown how sleep boosts the T Cells (white blood cells) in the body that fight off infection, so they are an essential part of the immune system, and we definitely want more of them.  

It can differ from person to person, but ideally an adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep.  Any less the body simply doesn’t have time to restore, rejuvenate and recharge as it needs to.

 By ensuring the body can fully rest it is able to move into the rest and digest state where all the healing happens.

You can improve, not only the quantity, but also the quality of your sleep by creating better sleep habits.  

A good bedtime ritual goes a long way to getting a better night’s sleep, our brains love the repetitive cues included in a regular routine.

By doing a few things each evening in the same order to prepare you for bedtime is great for calming the nervous system.

Begin to create better sleep habits by –
– Dimming the lights
– Having a warm bath
– Doing some gentle yoga
– Reading a book

Switching off your devices.
The blue light from LED screens reduces the production of melatonin (which helps us sleep) so switching off all screens (or most phones now have a blue light filter that can be switched on) an hour before bed can be super beneficial.

Being conscious of when and what you eat/drink.
Avoiding caffeine in the afternoon
 and not eating a big dinner too late in the evening will help to reduce the stimulus that can keep you awake or cause a restless sleep pattern.

Using your bedroom for just sleeping.
 As opposed to an office or gym, will help to ensure your brain knows this is the space it can truly rest.  Keep the room clutter free, comfortable, dark, quiet, and calm and you will more likely enjoy catching a lot more zzzzzzz’s!

Sweet dreams!

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