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It's the small things: Getting a good nights sleep

The science

Not getting enough sleep can have a negative impact on many aspects of your daily life. Sleep deprivation can temporarily leave you feeling demotivated and put you in a bad mood, as well as cause problems that can affect your general health, too.

While you are sleeping, your body uses this time to repair its muscles, organise your memories from the day and control the hormones you use to grow and those that control your appetite. Getting enough sleep also helps to maintain a healthy immune system, meaning that without the right amount on a regular basis, you may find yourself more susceptible to bugs.

How to make it a routine

Firstly, creating a routine to stick to can help your body learn when it's time to prepare for sleep. Having a set bedtime as well as a set time to get up can make getting into the habit of proper sleep more attainable.

As part of your evening routine, try to make time just for relaxing. This might be meditating, listening to calming music or even some gentle yoga. Avoiding stressful tasks before bedtime is a good idea, and making a list of any worrying thoughts can help you to switch off too.

 

The outcome

Not only will getting enough sleep lift your mental wellbeing, giving your immune system enough time to maintain itself can help to protect you from colds and flus. Some studies have also suggested sleeping properly can help reduce your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, too.

 

Sources

http://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/how-to-sleep/sleep-tips/

http://sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/what-happens-when-you-sleep

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/tiredness-and-fatigue/Pages/lack-of-sleep-health-risks.aspx

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