We all know that nutrition and exercise greatly affect our health. What we don’t often pay attention to is our sleep and the effect it has on our day to day life. In a 24 hour environment it can be hard to get into a good sleep routine, but it isn’t impossible. Research has shown that insufficient sleep is under-reported and isn’t restricted to one age group, it also has a high economic cost. Maybe this should be something that business owners work with their staff to correct. The average adult needs between 7- 9 hours of sleep per night, unbroken. Without this sleep we can have negative effects to our behavior and decision making.
We can help correct some of the currently sleep issues we have in our society, such as:
Difficulty getting to sleep
Setting Up A Routine
Oddly enough a good sleep routine starts first thing in the morning, and carries on throughout the day, then you need to follow up with a good evening routine to send you off to a restful dreamland.
In the morning:
Starting out in the morning we need to rehydrate by drinking up to 500mls of water, you can then follow up with coffee or tea and breakfast.
Get in to some morning exercise, the movement is going to stimulate the mind and provide energy to the body throughout the day.
Meditate if you're so inclined, this is a great way to relax the body and get your thoughts in order before a long and possibly stressful day at work. This doesn’t need to be long, just 5-10 minutes.
In the evening
When we are young our parents would do a certain routine before we were sent off to bed. In general it would consist of a few different things:
Comfy room and bed
Have a regular bedtime
As we get older these things tend to change and a routine disappears. These routines do not have to happen everyday, just most days.