We all know the physical benefits of getting a good night’s sleep – rejuvenating and reviving our bodies, so we’re able to wake-up feeling bright and alert, ready to face the day. But the actual healthy benefits of a wonderful slumber have been proven to be much more vital to our overall health and well-being.
According to The Sleep Council, recent research from the University of Chicago has revealed that missing sleep can actually make you old. Sleeping for only four hours a night for less than a week reduces the ability of your body to process and store carbohydrates and regulate hormone levels – changes that are similar to those of advanced aging.
Unfortunately, during your period, your sleep patterns can be disturbed, as your body temperature is likely to rise slightly which can prompt extra movement. According to the Sleep Council, some women may move as many as 50 times per night just before and during their period. During these days, it’s important to minimize lack of sleep through being able to rely on a pad that’s comfortable, highly absorbent and keeps you well covered.
Sleep tips from the experts
#1 It’s a good idea to keep regular sleeping hours – for example going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time every day. This will help your body program, your sleeping patterns and you will find that you will sleep better and more deeply.
#2 As well as helping you look and feel fabulous, exercise can also improve your sleep as it not only helps relieve the daily stresses and strains, but it can also wear you out – so you are more guaranteed to enjoy a deep slumber. But try not to exercise too close to bedtime though, as it may keep you awake!
#3 If you want to stay looking young and wrinkle-free, it’s a good idea not to smoke. But did you know that smokers take longer to fall asleep, wake up more often and frequently experience more sleep disruption than non-smokers?
#4 Make sure you snuggle up in a sleep-inducing environment. Your bedroom should be cool, dark and quiet. Your bed should be spacious and supportive and changed every eight to 10 years.
#5 If you can’t get to sleep, don’t lie there worrying about it. Get up and do something you find relaxing, such as tidying or watching the television until you feel sleepy, then go back to bed!
#6 To help induce sleep, have a bath before bedtime, as some experts say it can help you relax and reduce stress.
#7 Take a look at your diet. More starch-based foods such as pasta, rice, potatoes, and bread tend to prompt the body to produce sleep-promoting hormones, whereas foods that are high in fit, sugar, and caffeine can result in hormonal ups and downs that create sleep disruption. Drinking alcohol can also disrupt your sleep patterns – it may help you fall asleep initially, but it will interrupt your sleep later in the night.