As human beings, one of the most important aspects of our lives is sleep. Whether we get it or not impacts heavily on our ability to function at our peak, or even to function at all! The recommended amount of sleep required by adults averages at around 8 hours, but how many of us really have time to sleep for that long? And how well are we actually sleeping when we do finally get to bed?
Power Plate Trainer and Manager of the Power Plate Studio at Bondi Junction, Cameron Russell, has put together the following sleep-inspired recommendations to give you the best chance of a peaceful night of Zzzzzs…
1. Adults need to have 8 to 10 hours sleep per night, and should aim to be in bed no later than 10pm. This is important because the body naturally wants to sleep at this time (and who are we to fight it?)
2. When we sleep, our body and mind reconstruct as they recover from the day just been and prepare for the day to come.
3. Make sure your sleeping environment is as healthy as possible. Use natural cotton bedding to allow your body to breathe while you sleep, and try to wear comfortable loose cotton sleepwear for the same reason. To keep fresh air circulating while you are sleeping, keep your window open at least a few inches.
4. Avoid eating 2 hours before going to sleep to ensure that your body’s energy can be used for rejuvenation and recovery instead of digestion. If you want to eat before bed, a piece of fruit is a good choice as it is quickly digested and can be quite cleansing.
5. If you want to nap during the day, the optimal time for this is between 2pm and 3pm. Try to make sure that your nap is no longer than 20-30 minutes – if it is, the body will go into a deeper sleep and it will be harder to come out of Sleep Inertia (feelings of grogginess and sleepiness that persist longer than 10-20 minutes after you wake up)