13 Mar Good Sleep vs Bad Sleep
There’s a lot being written about sleep these days, which is a good indication that people are starting to finally get the message that sleep is as important as food and water to our well-being.
So rather than writing any lengthy high-falutin’ article this time, we thought it might be a good time to summarise the great benefits of good sleep and the worrying consequences of bad sleep.
Good sleep means getting around 7-8 hours a night, going through all the key sleep phases, particularly the deep sleep phase, which when the body and mind repair and re-energise, and it means not waking up in the night.
If you make the decision to join the good sleep club – and are lucky enough to do it successfully, you will notice:
1. Increase in energy – you’ll feel like a physical weight has been lifted off your shoulders, your joints and limbs will feel less achy.
2. Boost in creativity – your brain will be better rested, and more alert, more reactive and proactive.
3. Lower stress levels – you’ll feel more chilled, you’ll be able to cope with the stresses and rigours of the day in a more balanced and positive way.
4. Weight loss – it’s true! For a start your tiredness won’t lead to you needing that Mars Bar sugar rush, and you’ll feel more inspired and energetic and therefore more positive about physical pursuits.
5. Mood improvement – you will feel like a new person with better sleep, many people talk about their friends and family noticing a change in them when they get better sleep.
The common trait found in people getting good sleep is a general state of improved well-being meaning you’re more likely to be singing: “I’m happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy… “.
For those struggling to get good sleep, or simply choosing to underplay its importance, the following conditions are often to be found:
1. Anxiety – When your brain isn’t “match-fit”, if it’s tired, little things will get to it, and you’ll feel like you can’t cope with things like you should be able to.
2. Higher risk of obesity and heart disease – this is medically-proven and discussed widely (no pun intended).
3. High blood pressure – this comes from your tired body’s inability to deal with stress hormones, brought about by poor sleep.
4. Decrease in productivity – we all know how this feels! We’re just not firing on all cylinders.
5. Lacking in concentration – yep, it’s so easy to get distracted when you’re tired. Doesn’t the old Facebook look that bit more appealing than your studies when you’re tired?
Some people just aren’t getting the good sleep message, and their heads are all “it’s like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from going under. Don’t push me, cos I’m close to the edge, I’m trying not to lose my head.”
So how can you push yourself into the Good Sleep category?
Start by looking at your bedroom and your sleeping environment. If your bed isn’t up to scratch you’re heading for trouble. We spend a third of our lives in bed, so whatever you do, don’t underestimate the importance of GOOD SLEEP in your life.