Updated: Oct 3, 2020
Getting a good night’s sleep - or a solid power nap - can have incredible benefits for the mind and body. Discover how your sleep habits compare to the norm, and discover new ways to improve the quality of your sleep with this guide.
BENEFITS OF SLEEP AND NAPPING
We all spend roughly a third of our life sleeping. It’s essential for the health of our mind and body! Sleep and napping have the following benefits:
Boosted immune system
Healthier reproductive system
Improved memory and ability to recall facts
Improved capacity to learn
More ‘youthful’ brain function
Potentially slow the onset of Alzheimer’s
WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP
Sleep scientists don’t have a prescribed time, or number of hours, nor sleep position or waking routine to achieve perfect sleep. However, there are a few ways you can improve your sleep that have been proven to at least increase sleep quality and energy levels:
1. SET A BEDTIME & WAKING ROUTINE
Studies have shown that the same bedtime and waking hour can improve the quality of sleep immensely - and this is across both weekdays and weekends.
2. SLEEP IN A COLD ROOM
Sleep scientists advocate a cooler bedroom to sleep in, noting that it is far easier to fall asleep in a colder environment than a warm one. 18° C is their precise prediction for the perfect sleeping temperature.
3. SYNC UP WITH YOUR CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS
It may also be possible that if you’re not experiencing fulfilling sleep, that you’re working against your body’s circadian rhythms. Have a read of our guide to circadian rhythms to find out more, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free Circadian Rhythm PDF.
4. PRIORITISE YOUR SLEEP
There’s no other activity or bodily function like sleep. It has an incredibly impactful effect on our whole physiology, affecting the mind and body down to DNA level. So give your sleep the attention it deserves, and look to improve your sleeping habits. Hopefully, it will result in better sleep, and better overall health too.