Sleep to keep your New Year's resolutions.
If you want to come good with your New Year's resolutions this year, take a look at your sleep routine and how much rest you are getting first.
Our brain is the part of our body that needs sleep to function properly. Our short-term memory, our ability to plan and to make decisions and rational judgments are all affected by sleep deprivation.
Our weight, appetite and fat storage tend to be changed too - something to consider, especially if weight loss was one of the things you want to tackle in 2017.
You are much more likely to keep your resolutions when your brain function and your energy levels are good, so you owe it to yourself to get as much rest and relaxation this year.
Here are our top tips to help you to improve your quality of sleep:
- Invest in a good mattress. An uncomfortable bed can cause muscular aches and back pain and this can mean you sleep on average one hour less each night, the Sleep Assessment & Advisory Service in Edinburgh has found. Deep sleep does not start until after the first 90 minutes of rest, so if you wake up every two hours due to a poor-quality mattress, you are not getting enough deep sleep. All our beds have Hypnos mattresses to help aid sleep.
- Look at your sleep environment - think 'cave' and go for dark and cool. You need a bedroom with a balanced temperature. A room that is too hot will prevent you from sleeping so will a room that is too cold. Your body temperature naturally falls during the second stage of sleep, reaching its lowest point about four hours after the onset of sleep. If the room gets too cold (below 12" C) you may wake up. We pride ourselves here on having windows that open in all our bedrooms and robust heating systems that can be controlled in each room.
- Don't work or surf the net late at night or watch late night TV as the screens emit blue light. Blue light regulates our secretion of melatonin, the sleep hormone. It limits the production of melatonin making us stay alert and awake. In the absence of blue light, melatonin production increases and, we get sleepy.