Sleep Sunday, let’s talk about sleep. It doesn’t seem to matter which magazine you pick up and read as most of them will have an article about the right and wrong way to go to sleep. They say you should turn your phones off and read rather than watch something on your screen but when you are in pain sometimes it takes a lot more than just turning things off to help you sleep. However, lack of sleep also causes stress, lack of coordination and agility, weight gain and poor judgement.
With that in mind, I have decided to dedicate my Sunday’s to Sleep Sunday where I plan to write and review anything and everything to do with sleeping from pillows to aromatherapy oils, from mattress toppers to scented eye masks, there is even a Sleep Show dedicated to helping you sleep better. There is just so much out there to write about I feel sure I will be able to help someone to sleep better (and hopefully myself) with my articles on Sleep Sunday.
I would also love to hear from any readers that have anything they have tried/used to help them sleep as I know for sure that lack of sleep can make your pain ten times worse. I have written over 40 posts to do with sleep from which drugs affect your sleep, sleep disturbance and Fibromyalgia, tips on how to sleep better, sleeping and back pain, lots of articles on sleep, reviews sleep shows in the UK.
One minute they are telling us that we need a full night sleep to function correctly and even that sleeping may help you to lose some weight! Now, researchers are careful to note however that oversleeping has been linked to a host of medical problems, including diabetes and heart disease.
So, how much sleep should we have? Well, apparently the amount of sleep varies significantly over the course of our lifetime. It depends on your age and activity level as well as your general health and lifestyle habits.
They say that sometimes circumstances mean we need more sleep, for instance during times of stress or illness. But, the typically recommended amount of sleep for adults should be between seven and nine hours each night.
When we’re sleeping, our brains are actively working to process the information from the day into our long-term and short-term memory. Good sleep not only helps our bodies and minds to rest and repair, but it also allows us to perform better too.
To finish my first post on Sleep Sunday I will write five top tips on what to take to get a better nights sleep. Next Sleep Sunday I will write about the latest news on aromatherapy oils to help you get a better nights sleep.
1. Have a glass of semi-skimmed milk with 2 teaspoons of honey before you got to bed for a natural goodnight’s sleep. Our immune system also works harder during sleep to fight and prevent illness.
2. Take Melatonin which is a hormone that plays a key part in regulating your natural body-clock. Studies have shown that melatonin improves sleep quality, particularly in the elderly.
3. Take Valerian as it is thought to have a sedative effect. Studies have shown that the root of the valerian makes getting to sleep easier and increases a deeper sleep.
4. Eat more leeks and onions or garlic and artichokes as they contain prebiotic fibres that fuel the healthy bacteria in our gut and can have a profound effect on our health and sleep.
5. Try a herbal remedy with hops, passionflower and Valerian.
Always remember to check with your GP first before taking any herbal remedy, or any of the above.