Updated: Feb 5, 2020
It’s 2020, the start of a new year, and people all around the globe are creating their new year’s resolutions. I’m sure you’ve heard them all before:
“I’m going to the gym three times a week.”
“I’m cutting back on chocolate.”
“I’m going to stop picking my nose when I think no one’s looking.”
But the one resolution that no one ever seems to have is:
“I’m going to get enough sleep every night.”
Why is this the case? Is sleep not as important? Not at all! Alongside diet and exercise, sleep is actually one of three pillars of health. So why do we only hear resolutions about the first two?
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Well it’s probably because people just don’t think about it. With diet and exercise, a concerted effort obviously needs to be made towards both of them, but sleep kind of just happens…
But we shouldn’t think of it like this. To really sleep well, we need to be mindful of our sleeping habits and work towards sleeping long enough so that we can feel good each day (which is different for everyone).
To help us do this, we’ve got 5 tips from our lead physician and medical director, Dr Andrew Bradbeer, so that you can really sleep well.
1. Have a set bedtime - make sure you’re going to bed early enough to get a good night’s sleep and do so consistently
2. Get up at the same time every morning - train your body to wake up at the same time every day so that you can create a healthy sleep schedule.
3. Reserve your bed for sleep - don’t sit in your bed for extended periods of reading, watching videos or doing work. Your body needs to know that the bed is for sleeping.
4. Exercise daily - getting even a little bit of exercise in everyday can improve the length and quality of your sleep.
5. Moderate your coffee and alcohol intake - too much of either beverage and at the wrong times of day can make it difficult to get to sleep, and affect the quality of your sleep when you do.
With these 5 tips, hopefully you’re able to get on track for a new year of focus, fun, and plenty of sleep.
And as always if you, or someone you know, is having trouble sleeping, then please talk to your GP, and get in touch with us to find out how we may be able to help.
Sleep Well - Live Well
This blog post is from Keystone Medical Media, a sub-entity of Keystone Content.