Your healthy sleep regime
Sleep is vital for life. Having a healthy sleep regime will add life to your years and years to your life.
It is a well-known fact that the human body simply cannot function if it is sleep-deprived. Sleep deprivation causes anything ranging from diminished immunity to diminished sanity.
There have been many studies done which show how the human brain and body have negatively reacted to lack of sleep.
One way in which you can counter sleep deprivation is to set-up and stick to a regular sleep regime – and not one on the couch! Some new generation devices even have apps which either track your sleep patterns or help you to stick to a good sleep regime. These apps also have sleep timers and alarms, which calculate how much sleep you will get given your timings. Certain new wrist watches can plot your sleep pattern (provided you wear it 24/7). In this manner you’re able to see when you wake up in the night and try to counter these wakings through supplements and exercise or breathing exercises.
Leave your devices behind
It’s a well-known fact that using your phone or tablet just before switching off the light is a very bad idea. There is also a theory, which has some studies to back it up, that the electro-magnetic waves from your 3G and Wi-Fi signals interfere with cellular functions. It’s therefore probably a good idea to switch them off when it’s time for bed.
A good mattress and pillow
If you are a princess with a pea under you, you will never have a great night’s rest. Making sure that your mattress is firm enough to adequately support you, yet soft enough to give you comfort is probably one of the most important elements when it comes to sleeping soundly. Of course, so is a good enough pillow or pillows – your neck also needs adequate support and comfort through the night. Again, it’s no good if your mattress has a permanent imprint of your body on it, because it has not been replaced for over a decade! And the same can be said for your pillow.
Sleeping on your left
Sleeping predominantly on your left side has been shown to have several health benefits. Two of our major organs rest in the left half of our body – namely, the heart and the stomach. Pregnant women are always advised to sleep on their left side, as this optimises blood flow to the foetus, and also aids digestion, and lessens heartburn and indigestion. The same is true for the rest of the population – better blood flow, better digestion and better waste elimination. It also helps to prevent snoring.
If you’re going to lie on your side, though, it’s always a good idea to use a pillow between your knees to alleviate any twisting which may occur.
A regular sleep pattern
The last thing on our list is having a regular pattern, as mentioned before. Many folk love a long lie in on the weekend, but that’s actually no good if you are trying to regulate your sleep. Start with your bed time being more or less the same every night and then the same for waking. Your body works rhythmically, and so it’s important to follow a structure and routine.
Be sure to check your healthy sleep regime for a happy and healthy life.