Do you sometimes feel like you're not on top of your game or simply not yourself?
When you feel drowsy, irritable or mildly depressed we can mistakenly box that away as us feeling under the weather. You may tend to feel that way if you're having problems in your private life or stressed from new responsibilities at work. But did you know feeling drained could also be a sign that you are suffering from sleep deprivation?
Sleep deprivation is very common these days as we are all trying to juggle our work, family and social life. However, getting good quality sleep is just as important as eating healthily. Adequate sleep is key to a healthy lifestyle and can benefit the body in multiple ways. It can improve heart function, help with weight management and support a positive mind-set. Sleep deprivation on the other hand can increase the risk of chronic health problems such as high blood pressure and cardiac ailments.
On that basis, I would like to share some simple tips for a goodnight's sleep.
Create a bedtime ritual:
Try to go to bed at the same time, every night. This will help set your body's internal clock and optimize your quality of sleep. Spray lavender on your pillow or apply high-quality Jasmine essential oil around your neck to help you wind down. This will help if you're having difficulty getting to bed.
Meditation can be extremely helpful, even for 5 minutes before bed it can work miracles. Various types of deep breathing exercises help bring your stress levels down, especially at bedtime when you need to focus on sleep rather than the next day already.
Pay attention to what you eat:
Do not go to bed hungry or too stuffed. You'll only feel discomfort which will keep you up or even cause nightmares. Having tea, coffee or alcohol before bed is a bad idea, as the effects of caffeine or alcohol takes hours to wear off and can wreak havoc on your quality of sleep.
I hope you find my tips help you to get some sleep.
Wishing you a peaceful sleep!
Vidhi Patel, R&D Consultant & Nutrition Consultant at Minerva Research Lab