Updated: Feb 5
We need to sleep for between 6 to 9 hours daily, the time varies from person to person. Sleep is essential for mental wellbeing, you might have heard of torture methods where people are being prevented to sleep – with the consequence of wearing them down mentally & emotionally. The last thing we want is to be worn down mentally and emotionally!
Our body also switches to repair and maintenance mode overnight – another good reason to make sure to get a good nights’ sleep.
There are many things you can do to improve your sleep:
Routine: To improve your sleep, try to stick to regular hours to go to bed and get up at a regular time.
Have a relaxing bed-time routine – take a warm bath with 4 drops of Lavender.
Do not use any devices (phone, tablet, computers etc) for an hour before going to sleep. The light emitted stops your body’s production of Melatonin.
The body produce melatonin when the light dims – if you stimulate your pineal gland through light emitted by the devices, the body does not realise it is time to produce melatonin and thus does not make you sleepy. Melatonin also has an impact on the immune system.
The pineal gland by the way also needs to be exposed to daylight every day – to make it realise it is day-time. Lack of light exposure can lead to mental and bodily wellbeing issues – SAD (Seasonally Affective Disorder) can leave you seriously depressed and unmotivated. Some people are more sensitive than others, you might benefit from using special daylight lamps if you struggle. And by the way sitting in a car or by the window is not enough, you do ned to go out there.
I would even go so far as to say do not have a TV in your bedroom, and if you do – do yourself a favour and switch it off properly, rather than having it on standby mode. All electrical devices emit some electrical waves, which can affect your sleep quality negatively.
Many people find that taking a milky drink before bedtime might help them to go to sleep.
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