Top 3 Tips to get a Quality Nights Sleep
Scientists and psychologists have been analysing brain activity during the time leading up to sleep all the way through to brain activity as we wake up. Do you ever wonder why you get irritable before going to bed? Or wake up feeling like you cannot move (sleep paralysis)? It turns out that our brain shuts down in stages, where certain cognitive functions may have less activity while other functions remain somewhat active.
Sleep deprivation is a common occurrence in todays society – so much so that the majority of us aren’t doing anything to change our bad sleeping patterns. Lack of sleep often results in side effects such as irritability, memory loss, blurry vision and impaired vision - as most of us have probably experienced. Studies have even shown that some effects of sleep deprivation are very similar to the effects of being intoxicated!
The truth is, iin this day and age people don’t have time for the recommended 8 hours sleep – or simply can’t as a result of shift work, young children etc. As sleep is just as important to good health as your diet and exercise, why not try our top 3 tips in getting a ‘quality’ sleep as we can’t all have the quantity!
Our Top 3 Tips:
1. Keep your mobile out of the Bedroom
Studies show that using your mobile phone up to an hour before bed may be interfering with your sleeping patterns. Our advice – ban your mobile phone from being in your bedroom at night. As for other electronics including your TV and DVD player, ensure all lights are switched off– when your eyes are exposed to any form of light during the night your brain can be tricked into thinking its time to wake up.
2. Drink more Water
One of the main causes of interrupted sleep is dehydration. You should be drinking 30 milliliters of water for every kilo you weigh every day. Tip: don’t wait to be thirsty before you drink because chances are your body is already dehydrated!
3. Ensure you are giving your body enough Magnesium
Magnesium the super mineral is an antidote to stress and helps you relax. Having a magnesium deficiency can result in symptoms similar to that of chronic fatigue syndrome. If you’re not a fan of taking supplements try introducing Magnesium rich foods into your diet -brazil nuts, tuna, plain yoghurt, broccoli, corn and green beans.
We are all aware that we function better on a good nights sleep – try our top tips and see what difference it may have on the way you feel each day!