I love to sleep! Sound sleep is one of the three pillars of good health along with a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Research shows that we spend up to one-third of our lives sleeping! Sleep is a basic human need, much like eating and drinking, and is therefore crucial to our overall health and well-being. According to guidelines, adults should aim to get 7-9 hours’ sleep per night.
Arianna Huffington, formerly of The Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time states, “Sleep is the underpinning of our entire well-being. For centuries people thought that sleep was a time of inactivity, that the brain was resting. But all the new science proves that the opposite is true — that during sleep the brain is in a state of intense activity, which is necessary for us to fully recharge and be productive, creative and truly connect with ourselves and others during the day.” Arianna’s 12 tips for better sleep can be found here.
Experts tell us that there are three elements of good quality sleep:
- Duration: The length of sleep should be sufficient for the sleeper to be rested and alert the following day
- Continuity: Sleep periods should be seamless without fragmentation
- Depth: Sleep should be deep enough to be restorative.
Further top tips for achieving a better sleep can be found here.
Why not check out the advice and see what you can change to improve your chances of getting better quality sleep?