Are you getting enough sleep, do you suffer with insomnia? Did you know we are one of the most ‘sleep deprived’ countries in the world?? Lack of sleep can affect our mental health and general health so much, you may not realize. Most of us at some point in our lives will be affected by broken sleep or insomnia. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Sleep deficiency also increases the risk of obesity. … Sleep also affects how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that controls your blood glucose (sugar) level. We should aim to get between 7 & 8 hours sleep as an adult each night. These tips may help:
Make your bedroom a calm place: Make sure the temperature, lighting and sounds suit you. A cool dark room is usually the best option.
Turn off electrical screens: Turn off your laptops, computers, phones and Tvs. All of these things stimulate your brain making it harder to relax and switch off
Try a breathing technique: We use breathing techniques are the end of my yoga class and you may be surprised how they can calm you down and relax your body and mind. Try to make your out breath longer than your in breath, and continue until you feel more relaxed.
Take note of what you eat and drink: Try to avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods before bed. These can all disturb your sleep pattern
Try to do some exercise: I definitely would recommend doing some exercise to help you sleep. This could be an energetic cardio session, or a more relaxed yoga class for example. This will improve your sleep, but try not to exercise too late in the evening.
Check for physical causes: Of course there could be a physical reason for you not sleeping well. If you are suffering pain, or illness these can disturb your sleep pattern. It is always wise to visit your GP if this becomes worse, so you can discuss with them potential causes.
Medication: Many drugs, particularly common ones used for mental health issues can affect your sleep. You could talk to you GP to discuss possible alternatives.
Sweet dreams x