How You Can Improve Your Sleep

Over the course of our lives, many of us will experience sleep disorders at some stage. We’d all love to know how to sleep better, as a poor night’s sleep will affect a person in many ways, sometimes without them even being aware.

The effects of poor sleep include:

  • Increased risk of accidents
  • Decreased cognitive abilities
  • Increased risk of health concerns such as diabetes and stroke
  • Decreased libido
  • Risk of depression
  • Poor skin quality
  • Forgetfulness
  • Weight gain or unwanted weight loss
  • Clumsiness
  • More susceptible to stress

Chronic sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on personal and business lives. Our quality of life suffers, as we’re too tired to enjoy ourselves. Going out becomes a chore and our relationships become stressed. We find ourselves missing out on conversations and important moments in the lives of our loved ones. We could become stressed about our lack of sleep, which in turn impacts on sleep – it develops into a vicious cycle.

Simple fixes include getting to bed earlier or at a more regular time, or learning how to stay asleep and not wake too much through the night can be helpful. Natural sleep remedies can also be successful. A glass of warm milk before bedtime (adding honey will boost the effects); limiting caffeine, smoking, screen time and stress in the hours leading up to bed; only using the bed for sleeping and intimate activities can likewise help prevent sleep disorders. If you’re not tired, leave the bedroom and read quietly with one small lamp on, or sit in a darkened room until you feel tired again. This applies to waking during the night; one of the worst things you can do is to lie in bed, worrying about getting back to sleep.

Other natural sleep remedies can be found by speaking with your GP or nutritionist, who can assist by recommending supplements and foods to help you to sleep better. For example, foods such as nuts and seeds contain the same chemical as milk and honey, that helps promote sleep.

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If you have further questions, we recommend speaking to a healthcare professional.

Sourced from Whitecoat in Whitecoat Guides
27 Oct 2016

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