You’ve heard the phrase ” You can sleep when you’re dead!”? As I crammed for exams, socialized into the early hours of the morning and allowed my poor planning to rob me of sleep, I really used to wish this were true.
Don’t listen to it. EVER. Sleep.
Sleep deprivation has been linked to more than just bags under our eyes, foggy brains and clumsiness. I’m already a bull in a china shop, if I haven’t slept well, I end up with bruises on my body, I didn’t even know how they got there.
If you are struggling to lose that extra weight think about how much sleep you get – an extra hour may help you fit into those skinny jeans. Skipping those Z’s lead to inferior creativity and cognitive function, It’s even said you can lose IQ if you are running on empty. Even worse symptoms include memory loss, heart disease, impaired immune system and accidental prone, just to name a few. We are more productive and efficient after being well rested.
Here are some tips for making sure you get enough sleep.
- Set an alarm to go to bed. I know it sounds silly, but being aware of the time and setting it half an hour earlier will ensure you can brush your teeth and catch those extra Z’s
- Make sure your bedroom is set up for sleep. Is it tidy and clean? Are the colors soothing? Your bedroom should indicate that it is time to sleep, not time to watch TV or play games.
- Avoid technology before bed. You don’t want to stimulate your brain.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Lower the temperature. If you can, make sure the temperature is comfortable and get a fan if you need to.
- Invest in some luxurious PJs. Putting on silk PJs vs work out clothing might be that brain trigger you need to tell you its time for sleep.
- When in doubt use lavender. I spritz it over my pillows and diffuse it in my bedroom as I am getting into bed. Besides having a calming effect it smells amazing. As I get under the covers and inhale deeply the smell, I can feel my shoulders lower from my ear lobes and…….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
A British study, presented at the European Sleep Research Society in Glasgow in 2008, tested the effect of lavender oil sprinkled on the bedclothes of 12 female insomniacs in their 50s, compared with a placebo of almond oil, which has little scent. “They got to sleep more easily and they felt their quality of sleep was better,” says lead author Chris Alford, a scientist at the University of the West of England in Bristol.