The importance of sleep

Sleep is an important part of the day, it is a well-recognised component of your overall health, yet some people don’t seem to be able to get enough. Being well rested will help you to do your best at work, at home and in all your endeavours.

Here are five tips on getting a better night’s sleep:

1. Have a regular sleep pattern

Try to go to bed at around the same time every day and get up at around the same time if you can. Improved sleep will not happen as soon as changes are made but if good sleep habits are maintained, sleep will certainly get better. 

2. Spend the right amount of time in bed

Most adults need about seven to eight hours sleep every 24-hour period. Some require more and some less. Many poor sleepers spend much more than eight hours in bed and this makes fragmented sleep a habit. 

3. Bed is for sleeping, not entertainment

Hand-held electronic devices (e.g. smartphones) and other distractions can interfere with your sleep. 

4. Wind down and relax before going to bed

Have a buffer zone before bedtime. Sort out any problems well before going to bed. 

5. Make sure your bedroom is comfortable

Many people find it best to have a quiet, dark room with comfortable bedding and good temperature control. 

Routine along with following some if not all of these tips can help you get the best out of your shut-eye.

For more information on getting a good sleep check out the Converge International’s video blog or read their Tip Sheet.