Sleep yourself healthy.
Like many people with the start of new year and thinking of the ‘new me’
I struggled to think of a New Year’s resolution. Rather than give something up like chocolate I have decided to add something to my life – sleep!
The importance of sleep is often underestimated and unappreciated.
Sleep is one of the key ingredients to good health. Like food and water humans cannot live without sleep. This is because there is a strong relationship between sleep and physical and mental health and not getting enough sleep has a profound impact on our ability to function.
While we sleep our bodies go through a sleep-wake cycle. A typical sleep-wake cycle lasts 90 minutes which involves four phases of sleep including awake & resting, light, deep and REM sleep. All phases of a sleep-wake cycle are required, however, the two most important are deep sleep and REM. Deep sleep is where our body releases hormones to repair and build the body and REM sleep is where our system reboots our mental hard drive. Many lifestyle choices negatively influence our sleep-wake cycle and impact deep sleep and REM. Here are six areas that can improve the sleep-wake cycle and include the steps I have taken to meet my New Years resolution:
Along with nutrition and exercise, good sleep is one of the pillars of health. To be the best you, you need to prioritise sleep and give your mind and body a chance to unwind and reset for the next day. It will also help you to recover quickly if you are adding in exercise to the “new you” routine!