Whoever said the best things in life are free must have been referring to snuggling and sleeping, especially on those days when you planned with the rain to start falling five minutes after you get under the crisp warm duvet. A good night’s sleep is a gift God gives, it’s offers a chance to wake up with renewed energy, a clear mind and new vitality. However if you have to drag yourself out of bed or endure headaches and lack general coordination during the day, poor sleep could be the culprit.
The truth about sleep is that the quality and quantity as are as important. Experts argue on both sides though research has shown that the older you get the less sleep you need. Adults are expected to get between 6-8 hours of sleep daily and children should get up to 10. This recommended quantity supports optimum performance, a healthier lifestyle, improved memory and even weight loss. Consequently poor sleep habits can have negative effects your physical and mental health.
A sleep time routine where you sleep and wake up at the same time daily can significantly improve sleep quality, however this routine must be done every day, including Sundays and Saturdays, research shows that sleep binges (the Sunday afternoon after service and Sunday rice sleep) doesn’t help in making up for lost sleep. Taking short naps are more effective in getting you on track. It’s not all bad news, try these tips for better sleep quality:
- Avoid bright screens within 1-2 hours of your bedtime. This is important for kids as well; Listening to music is recommended for relaxing before bedtime. (Skelewu doesn’t qualify here though, sorry David.)
- Exercise improves sleep quality, aerobic activities should be done much earlier in the day, otherwise it could be counterproductive if done too close to bedtime.
- A good diet, would prepare you for a better sleep experience. (Afang soup and semolina for midnight snack? No? Sorry don’t be angry!)
- Finally, make sure your bed is comfortable, don’t expect a 5 star sleep experience on a paper sheet, cardboard mattress and scrap foam pillows. Investing in these items is a good idea. If you sleep 6 hours a day for 365 days, do the math! Cheers!!!!!