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November 2021 – Step 11 of a 12 Month Programme

Press the snooze button in November

Sleeping later at the weekend could be vital to our health and well-being!

If you love lazy weekends spent sleeping, then I bring good news. Research has shown that those extra hours in bed at the end of the week are vital for our well-being.

Research suggests lie-ins provided an antidote to the effects of days of sleep deprivation during the week. Experts say most people need between 7.5 and nine hours' sleep a night.

Previous research found that even moderate sleep deprivation can seriously impair brain functions. One or two hours of extra sleep is an essential boost to brain power and is all that’s needed to re-energise the brain and improve concentration and develop a better attention span. But for those of you who are seriously sleep deprived, even 10 hours spent snoozing may be inadequate to cancel out the negative effects of late nights and early mornings.

Not getting enough sleep can have adverse effects on health, including stress, poor immune system and low moods, which can have an impact on your work performance. Although it is recommended that we get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night, some of us are losing sleep by not getting enough.

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to feeling energetic and making the most of our days. Some nights, even though we are very tired it is difficult to get to sleep because there is so much going on in our minds. When this happens, we feel stressed and that makes it even more difficult to get some rest.

If you find having a lie in is not a problem but getting to sleep is, here is a list of techniques you may want to use to clear your mind before bed:

  • Go for a massage. Complementary Therapies are a great way to de stress and relax and promote a good night sleep.
  • Take a warm bath to relax muscles so that falling asleep occurs easily.
  • Listen to soothing music.
  • If you go to bed and cannot keep your mind from thinking too much, get out of bed and do something (read) until you are very tired and then go back to bed.
  • Keep a diary -Write down what has happened during the day that was troubling and what was positive – it helps to clear your thoughts about the day.

It is helpful to have a list of techniques that help to clear your mind before going to bed, so when you are in bed and cannot fall asleep, you know what to do rather than tossing and turning and feeling stressed because you cannot sleep.

So, make sure you grab your pyjamas and your duvet this weekend for a lovely long lie- in.

Article by Mamuna Arshad - Aesthetic & Lifestyle Specialist

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