Looking forward to sleeping in during the holidays?
As the year closes, your excitement grows for the end-of-the-year time off. Usually because of one thing: More time for relaxation.
Sleep is essential for a healthy life.
To feel your best, you need to sleep. There’s no way around it. But sleep evades many people these days. Are you one of these stricken individuals?
Stress, anxiety, lack of exercise, injuries, and the general circus involved in your daily routine can interrupt your sleep patterns. And when you’re overtired, everything is difficult.
Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about sleeping in
If your career or current circumstances prevent you from a quality sleep routine, sleeping in might be a foreign concept.
The idea may even cause discomfort (ironically). It feels like you’re wasting time. Like you should be doing something else more important. This is normal. However (and we can’t stress this enough), if it’s your well-deserved time off, you should never feel guilty about sleeping in.
You need a break.
Sleep relieves stress and strengthens your body and mind so you can handle emotions and daily situations. Those extra hours of deep sleep can give you the boost you need.
Do you suffer from insomnia, sleep apnea, or restlessness?
Sounds great. But how can you even think of sleeping in with a disruptive sleep disorder?
Like a nutritious diet, drinking water, and proper exercise, enough sleep is fundamental for good health. You need to give it lots of consideration and attention.
There are proven ways you can encourage better sleep. Make sure you:
- Put the time into conditioning yourself toward a healthy sleep schedule. It’s recommended that you sleep 7-9 hours each night.
- Stop daytime napping. This will contribute to restlessness in the evenings. If you must, make sure you properly manage these naps and don’t overdo them (90 min max).
- Exercise. You need to move your muscles and sweat to help you regulate your mood and promote better sleep. But be careful of overdoing it an hour or two before bedtime.
- Limit your caffeine intake; never drink coffee at night. Save it for the morning. Pay attention to your everyday eating and drinking habits. These also play a massive role.
- Manage stress by journaling, organising and preparing for the next day a while before you go to bed. The idea is to create a restful environment and mental state for yourself.
- Turn off your computer. Stop watching shows and using your phone right before you try to sleep. Your brain needs time to unwind. Rather do some reading or something soothing like taking a bath.
This advice might seem obvious, but can you relate to it?
You may be struggling with sleep because of these factors. Take the time and effort to implement these tips and see if they contribute to a healthier sleep routine.
If nothing changes, then chances are you have a sleep disorder and you should speak to a medical professional.
Should you be afraid of not sleeping enough?
Put simply, yes.
It should worry you. It should be one of your top priorities.
There’s an oversupply of research on sleep deprivation you can look up. Besides the obvious impairment of your concentration and memory, it can cause anxiety and depression, confusion, mood swings, inflammatory disorders, sickness, and even diseases.
It’s pretty important.
We understand that sleep deprivation is a serious problem today. The statistics speak for themselves – around 30-40% of adults battle insomnia.
We’re passionate about helping you feel well-rested and living healthier.
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Long story short: Sleeping in from time to time is a good thing.
Enjoy the extra hours in bed over the festive season! There’s nothing wrong with gaining back some lost hours of sleep. It’s a restorative, refreshing activity. Your brain heals your body during sleep, so keep dreaming.
But remember there’s a fine line between sleeping in to catch up on your sleep debt and ongoing oversleeping. If you’re always sleeping over nine hours per night, that’s not suggested.
After all, life is about balance.
We’ve covered some of the sleep facts and myths before if you’d like to follow up on them.
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That’s something you shouldn’t sleep on.