Sleep is the key to looking and feeling good which is why we’re running our Sleeptember campaign again this year, to get you involved in looking at how well you sleep and how a good night’s sleep can bring a host of benefits.
As a nation we know we aren’t getting enough sleep and there’s been plenty of research to support that. Regularly getting less than six hours a night puts you at a significantly increased risk of stroke and heart disease, with evidence that not sleeping enough may ramp up the ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, releasing hormones that speed up heart rate and raise blood pressure.
Not only are there increased health risks with routinely sleeping less than six hours but also research has also shown it impacts on attention, concentration and memory in most people.
There is no magic number for sleep and the previous blog looked at how one size certainly doesn’t fit all. However it is important to get good quality sleep and the foundation of that is a comfortable, supportive bed, regularly replaced, ideally every seven years.
Not only do you need a good bed but you need the right sleep environment and for the September we urge you to evaluate your sleep habits – whether that’s looking at the time you go to bed and get up, changing your lighting or curtains, removing distractions from the room or overhauling your diet and exercise regimes.
Small changes can have a huge impact on your sleep quality and quantity so like us, why not dedicate the whole month to sleep? Tell me someone who doesn’t like the thought of that! Don’t forget to look out for us on Facebook and Twitter too. Not only will we be informing you of why it’s good to sleep but we’ll be sharing some fun facts as well as offering some giveaways – thanks to partners BetterYou and Oneworld Publications.
Get set to sleep folks!