This post is written in collaboration with Phenergan® Night Time.
I’ve made it no secret that I have terrible sleep patterns. I’ll go weeks of having no issues and then all of a sudden I’m wide awake. It’s 2am, I’m sat on the sofa feeling exhausted, eating biscuits and sulking because every time I get into bed my mind starts it’s marathon over thinking session.
These insomnia bouts can last up to a week at a time and they do nothing but drive me and everyone around me crazy. The importance of getting a decent nights sleep can not be discussed enough. It’s such a vital part of your body resting and recuperating. Sleep is as important as food and water and forty four percent of us believe it is a high priority for our wellbeing.
You may not be surprised to learn that up to a third of us have to deal with sleep issues. Poor sleep is thought to lead to a wide range of physical and mental health issues as well as affecting quality of daily life.
The amount of sleep individuals need varies depending on a number of factors including age. It’s recommended that people get between seven and nine hours sleep though so it gives us a guide to run with.
The quality of sleep is as important as the amount of sleep and if you don’t get enough good quality sleep you will feel tired the next day, no matter how many hours you’ve had.Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, Medical Director of The London Sleep Centre
There are several phases to the sleep cycle. The complexities of which are all important to get that good nights sleep that we all crave.
- Non-rapid-eye-movement: More commonly known as “deep sleep” The brain waves slow down, your brain becomes less responsive which leads to being harder to awaken.
- Rapid-eye-movement: The active sleep, entered at the initial stages of the sleep cycle. Commonly associated with dreaming and it accounts for twenty to twenty five percent of our sleep.
Both types of sleep can vary in individuals. This could be down to age, your internal body clock, to exercising and how much stress we experience in our lives.
Good sleep habits for quality sleep
- Use layers so you can adjust easily at night time.
- Choose comfortable, invest in a comfy mattress that helps aid good sleep.
- Read a book, thirty four percent of people suggest that it helps them to drift off
- Check your pillow support
- White noise sometimes help people to fall asleep
- Stay away from screens
- Write issues/thoughts in a diary to try avoid worrying overnight
- Don’t watch the clock
- Make sure your room is dark enough
I’ve put a couple of these tips into practice, the layers one as I tend to be freezing when I first get in to bed, and in no time it’s like an oven so… I regularly change my pillows as I get a lot of tension in my neck/shoulder area which gets worse at night when trying to get comfortable.
Back with the occasional insomnia and the reason I decided to write this post. It affects around one in three of us at some point in our lives. For me, it means that I’ll end up doing blog stuff all night as I can’t settle. This means that when it comes to work, I can’t focus, I struggle to get motivated and I feel exhausted pretty much all day.
In the short term, insomnia can result in problems with concentration, attention and memory. Persistent insomnia can also lead to clinical depression and anxiety disorders.Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, Medical Director of The London Sleep Centre.
With so many of us, including myself spending most of my time worrying about money, work, the kids etc it can be hard to wind down, think about the quality of our sleep and let go of the things that are keeping us awake at night.
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Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and all views are based on my own experience, if you or someone you know are suffering from insomnia seek medical advice from your GP.
– Emma Allen –
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