Sleep: Underestimated and Underappreciated

Sleep is for many a scarce good. Due to not prioritising sleep, many people go through their day or week chronically sleep deprived. But this may have less to do with not getting enough sleep and much more to do with sleep behaviour.

Here are a few tips that may help you sleep better: 

  1. Allow for 90-minute intervals: It is well known that our sleep cycles are 90 minutes. For this reason, we should plan our sleep to be interrupted accordingly. Instead of setting your alarm clock to go off after eight hours, choose to sleep for 6/7.5/9 hours.
  2. Be light sensitive: Try to avoid halogen, LED or other harsh lights before going to sleep and right after waking up. 
  3. Abstain from digital input: Allow yourself at least 60 minutes (sleep coach actually recommends 90 minutes!) of stillness before going to sleep and after waking up. The best way to do that is to close your laptop, put your phone on do not disturb, turn off the television, put away the newspaper, etc. The brain is most susceptible to stress right when you wake up, so if you can be extremely mindful of your input after waking up, you will feel more rested.
  4. Maintain a routine: Keep a sleep schedule by going to sleep and waking up at the same time everyday. If that seems like too much to ask on the weekend, remember that you can always take a nap later! But don't stress yourself. There will be one or two days a week where this might not work, and that's ok. But the body and mind are better rested when a routine and schedule are kept.
  5. Take a nap: Power snoozing and naps are really good for you. If you are more of a cat nap type of person, then indulge in your 20- to 30-minute naps without feeling guilty. If you need more, set the alarm so that you complete a full 90-minute cycle.

Science is finally catching up on the importance of sleep. Recent studies have shown how important sleep is for the brain, the muscles, metabolism and digestion. Sleep is essential for us to keep going and creating. 

If you are experiencing issues that are keeping you from sleeping well, get in touch and we can discuss your habits to find a solution!