By raise of hands, who could use a better night’s sleep (and rest)? Well, for our monthly H2H, we uncover some of your most asked sleep questions. Below are our notes, video, and voice recording of the talk, perfect for your commute, or to listen right before bed. Enjoy, and have the best night's sleep of your life!
What is sleep and why do we need it? – One of the least understood areas of the human body
Sleep is a state, accentuating the growth and rejuvenation of the immune, nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems. Sleep allows our bodies to shut down our conscious (thought) and voluntary muscles (used for movement). This allows our body to focus energy on cell growth and repair along with returning balance to our mental and physical state.
Our Top Tips!
- Make sleep a priority by keeping a consistent bedtime and wake schedule, including weekends.
- Create a bedtime routine that is relaxing we recommend reading a book because of how it allows your brain to relax, listening to soothing music or soaking in a hot bath.
- Create a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable and calm for the best possible sleep.
- Evaluate your mattress and pillow to ensure proper comfort and support. If your mattress is five to seven years old, it may be time for a new one. In general, pillows should be replaced every year.
- Keep work materials, electronics, including computers and televisions, out of the bedroom.
- Exercise regularly, but complete workouts at least two hours before bedtime.
- If you sleep with a partner, your mattress should allow each of you enough space to move smoothly. A queen mattress is ideal for two people sharing a mattress.
- Avoid eating, drinking alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine close to bedtime. These can lead to poor sleep, keep you awake or disrupt sleep later in the night.