The importance of a good nights sleep
The importance of sleep
We often get asked at the clinic what is the best position to sleep in…the majority of the time the answer is the one that allows you to get the most sleep. I’m sure it’s not a surprise to hear that sleep and health are intrinsically linked. Not only is sleep important for our mood, energy levels and focus but experts are now also discovering a deeper relationship between sleep and mental health.
Research has found that quality, timing and length of sleep can all affect your cortisol levels, the stress hormone released by the adrenal gland. When these levels are high it can contribute to stress, weight gain, hypertension, low energy and even diabetes.
Making small but meaningful improvements to your sleep routine is crucial to the improvement of mental well-being. For example:
- Maintaining a consistent bedtime routine
- Rising from bed at the same time each day
- Sleeping in a cool and dark environment
- Exercising regularly (but not too close to bedtime)
- Avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed
- Avoiding too much screen use before bed
- Using relaxation techniques for example a warm bath before bed
- Accessing psychological support if worries are keeping you awake
Frontline. December 2019. Volume 25. Issues 15
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