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Are you getting enough sleep?

Are You Getting
Enough Sleep?

Have you been a little moody lately? Feeling a little down maybe? Drinking your weight in coffee just to make it through the work day? These are just a handful of the warning signs that you may not be getting enough sleep.

'According to GOV.UK 1 in 3 adults in the UK are affected by insomnia.'

Here are a few signs that you may not be getting enough sleep and some helpful remedies that can help get you back to your best.

Signs you're not getting enough sleep

You feel
depressed

Unfortunately, one leads to the other and vice-versa, making this an incredibly difficult cycle to break. Keep tabs on your emotional stability and let yourself take a rest to recuperate.

You can see
it in your eyes

Redness, dark circles, puffiness and bags are all big signs because your body is lacking the essential tissue repair that happens during the stages of deep sleep.

dependant
on stimulants

You're dependant on stimulants like caffeine and sugar to get you through the day.

You're
moody

being overly irritable could mean you're not getting enough sleep. If you find you're easily irritated from minor things then you should probably take a rest.

What happens when you don't get enough sleep?

 
 
You're more susceptible to illness
 
Health risks like increased risk of cancer and diabetes
 
Decreased sex drive
 
Weight gain
 
Bad skin

What happens when you don't get enough sleep?

Most adults need 7-9 hours sleep every night. This is definitely easier said than done but here are a few tips that can help you reach the necessary amount.

Stick to a schedule - try to go to sleep and wake up at the same times every day. This will get your body and mind into a rhythm that makes falling asleep and waking up that much easier.

Develop a pre-sleep routine - Keep to that schedule by developing a bedtime routine of relaxing activities like reading, a bath, or watching tv.

Avoid napping in the afternoon - many people make naps a regular part of their day but naps in the afternoon can have a negative effect on the amount of night time sleeps you get. If you're going to nap, make it in the morning.

Exercise daily - Regular exercise expends energy and makes it easier to fall asleep at night. However, try to finish exercising at least 3 hours before you go to bed so your body and mind aren't too stimulated come bed time.

Avoid caffeine four to six hours before bedtime - Caffeine is a stimulant that keeps you awake! Stay away if you plan on sleeping shortly afterwards.

Avoid drinking within 3 hours before bed time - While alcohol can help with falling asleep initially, after a few hours it acts as a stimulant. This limits the quality of sleep you're getting and prevents you from reaching those states of deep sleep where most of your body recovery time occurs.

Don't go to sleep before you're truly tired - If you're not asleep after 20-30 minutes, don't just continue to lie there and hope form the best. Get out of bed and do something relaxing in another room for a bit. When you start to feel sleepy, go back to bed.

Invest in a good mattress. It's no surprise that great beds make a great sleep. There are a number of factors that go into a great bed but if you can afford it, treat yourself to luxury bedding options such as Egyptian cotton bedlinen and don't be afraid to splurge on cotton pillows and cotton throws. A little bit of luxury goes a long way.

Remember, good nights are not a given and being sleep-deprived is not just a matter of feeling tired. It can become a serious problem and should be addressed accordingly. If you're not getting enough sleep, take whatever measures are necessary to get back on track, rest easy and be the best you can be.

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