A good night’s sleep is something we all want but unfortunately we don’t all achieve it. This can be down to many reasons – stress and worry, eating too late, drinking too much, partner disturbance, kids, uncomfortable bed. The list goes on.
Ideally most of us would enjoy a good seven to eight hours of sleep a night but stats from our 2017 Great British Bedtime Report revealed over a third of us are getting by on less than six hours of sleep a night. Additionally, more than one in 10 of us are sleeping for less than five hours. Research has shown that many of the ill-effects of sleep deprivation kick in for those regularly getting less than six hours’ sleep a night.
Getting too little sleep affects our mood, concentration and alertness while long term sleep deprivation has far more serious consequences: it’s been linked to a number of serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
At the Sleep Council we focus on tackling sleep issues before they become sleep problems which is where our new 30 Day Better Sleep plan comes in. Available on the website, it’s designed to help people wanting to improve their sleep and prevent more serious and prolonged issues. We regularly create our own unhealthy sleeping habits, often without realising (staying up too late to check social media or emails, drinking alcohol to relax), but if people take action with some minor lifestyle or habit changes, many of the issues can be nipped in the bud before they escalate.
Working with sleep expert, Dr Chris Idzikowski, the simple 18 question and answer format asks everything from bed times to alcohol consumption and pre-bedtime routines. The result is a downloadable semi-bespoke plan which is to be followed for 30 days.
A great benefit of the plan is that it also provides detailed documentation to give to a GP or specialist should any sleep issues still persist.
Bedtime should be a place where you can switch off, forget about the busyness of the day and relax. We can all suffer from worry and anxieties from time to time, but if it’s creating unhealthy sleeping habits, people should take action and aim to get the peaceful night’s sleep they deserve.
Create your 30 Day Better Sleep Plan here