Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just wave a magic wand at 10pm on the dot and doze off with the guarantee of a sufficient, good night’s sleep? Sounds bliss. But the truth is a lot of us don’t help ourselves when it comes to sleep, often forgetting how essential it is to our overall health and wellbeing. Sleep is vital for our bodies to function optimally and a lack of it can lead to a whole host of chronic health problems from high pressure, heart disease to obesity and diabetes. A good night’s sleep is also great for keeping your memory and concentration sharp, managing your weight and making you appear brighter and more attractive.
Having said this, research shows that about half the population in western cultures is sleep deprived. We live in a digitally connected culture where people are on alert 24/7 and rarely get that recommend eight hours of sleep. Being on our phones and other electronic devices is now a big part of our everyday busy lives but is also one of the main contributors to poor sleep. Light exposure from electronics at night supresses the production of the sleep hormone melatonin and therefore disrupts our sleep/wake cycle. So, we must find a balance and learn to switch off an hour prior to going to bed.
- An hour before winding down turn off all your electronics
- Avoid caffeinated drinks past 4pm
- Take a warm soothing bath before bed, or do some meditation
- Avoid eating prior to bed
- Make sure your room is quiet, dark and cool
If you’re feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead once you wake, you’ll know at least one of these factors have worked for you. We’d also like to introduce you to one of our favourite sleeping apps: www.sleepcycle.com which tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up during light sleep. It’s a brilliant way to wake without using an alarm clock.
Furthermore, all activities that promote good health also improve sleep. A healthy and nutritious diet and spending at least 30 minutes every day outdoors can really have a positive effect. So, find what works for you, stay balanced and treat yourself kindly, just like we do at Coppa Della Maga: www.coppadellamaga.co.uk/about-our-ice-cream/