It’s been all over the press about how Public Health England is launching a new government marketing campaign to encourage adults between the ages of 40 and 60 to spend more time sleeping to boost their health and wellbeing.
We’ve been called upon to make comments to the media and live radio interviews on the back of it and while PHE have led me to understand the ‘campaign’ has been taken out of context I, for one, am very happy to see the nation’s sleep being a top trending story.
Sleep, regardless of age, is extremely important to a healthy lifestyle and should not be taken lightly. We all know we should eat our five portions of fruit and veg daily and exercise for 30 minutes three times a week but all that could be to no avail if we don’t sleep well.
With around a third of the population sleeping for less than six hours a night, it’s imperative that we start focusing on sleeping better. It is a basic and fundamental human requirement and is vitally important for good physical, mental and emotional health as well as crucial for memory, learning and growth. Plus, regularly getting less sleep that you need brings with it a whole host of possible health issues including heart disease, diabetes and stokes.
Whatever your age making small changes can have a huge impact on your sleep quality and quantity – so bear in mind our three Rs:
– Routine: ensure you wind down properly before bed. Switch off gadgets and devices and enjoy at least an hour of relaxing
– Regular hours: going to bed and getting up at the same time, all the time, helps programme your body to sleep better
– Restful environment: create the perfect sleeping environment by ensuring it’s cool, dark, quiet and with a comfortable, supportive bed.