Do you struggle to get a good night’s sleep or is a lack of sleep really starting to affect your life and health?
Poor sleep is one of the most common symptoms clients at my Practice comment on
and one that they feel is impacting both their lives and health the most whilst tiredness and how to sleep better are both in the top search terms used on many health related advice sites on the Internet. Clearly a big problem for many people and potentially a hard one to resolve especially when you feel tired all the time!
But imagine if you could banish poor sleeping patterns for good
so that you can wake up morning after morning feeling rested, refreshed and ready for the day ahead. Well imagine no more! Read on to find out why getting a good night’s sleep is so important for your health, what stops you sleeping well and some simple tips to help you get a better night’s sleep.
So why is sleep so important?
The complex chemical process s in our bodies take us through an elaborate and delicately balanced daily routine which includes a period of rest and sleep. It does this for a reason. The period of sleep allows the body to rest and rejuvenate, regaining energy that it’s lost through day to day activities as well as providing it with the ideal opportunity to carry out vital detox and repair work while there are fewer distractions! Your liver, for instance, your main detoxing organ, is at its most active between 1am and 3am. The simple fact is if you’re not getting proper rest at this time then these important functions, so key to maintaining that all important homeostatic balance, don’t work as well leading to the buildup of toxins, disturbance in the body and eventually deeper rooted problems.
I don’t think anyone can argue with the desire to sleep well so why can it be so hard to drift off into that restful state?
There are 3 main saboteurs of a good night’s sleep:
- A poor pre sleep routine
- A poor sleep environment
- Ongoing health issues and niggling symptoms
The way we prepare for sleep can either prompt our natural triggers for rest or disrupt them while what’s going on around us can further disturb our sleep patterns. And whilst poor sleep over a period of time can lead to niggling and persistent health issues, these themselves can then affect the quality of our sleep when we do manage to drift off – a vicious circle.
So how to ensure a good night’s sleep?
Follow these simple steps to kick start your improved rest and say goodbye to poor sleep for good:
Have A Good Bedtime Routine
Have a warm drink but not less than 1 hour before going to bed. Make it a milky drink if possible and avoid stimulants such as tea and coffee. Make sure that your last meal was no less than 2-3 hours before you plan to go to sleep to give the body time to digest it properly and don’t look at a computer or phone screen less than an hour before going to sleep as the blue screen disrupts the production of your sleep hormone. If you need to use computer equipment on an evening install an app such as Twilight that automatically changes the display colour to a more sleep friendly beige hue as darkness falls or switch to night mode.
Create A Good Sleep Environment
Keep your bedroom or space where you sleep as free from electrical equipment, computers and phones as possible. The electromagnetic frequencies they emit (EMFs) are detrimental to your health and disturb your sleep, Ensure you have a comfortable temperature for you and ensure that your bedroom is not too light. Consider blackout blinds if street lighting or early morning light in Summer is an issue.
Deal With those Niggling Health Issues.
If symptoms are disturbing your sleep then take action. Not only will resolving your health issues improve your sleep but will obviously have a huge impact on your life in general. Take action on psychological and emotional well being issues as well as physical ones – both are equally important! Depending on your preferences consider trying natural remedies or therapies. It is important that you take a holistic approach to sorting out any health issues. Consider you and your environment and resolve any problems relating to chemical exposure, diet, a lack of the correct vitamins and minerals, and poor energy in addition to the presence of any viruses, bacteria or other assorted bugs. Only by treating all aspects will you find the success you desire. And as always if symptoms are persistent, severe or not responding to treatment do seek medical advice.