How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep
It’s generally recognised many us do not get enough sleep. Our modern lifestyle, the lightbulb, and latest devices and gadgets are taking their toll us and in particular are robbing us from much needed sleep and rest.
I go through an approach which will help you in getting more sleep and over time through the routine and habits, the quality of sleep will improve too.
As with all changes in live we will are about the create a new habit which will be at odds to what you have always doen when it comes to the times you head off to sleep. Even all the things leading up to sleep will need to be looked and some restructuring will need to happen.
This is never an easy change. However, it is necessary to make changes in our approach or we will never get more sleep or improve the quality of sleep. It is much better to makes the changes and adjustments to improves our sleep rather than asking for sleep pills, which in teh long run are counter productive. They appear to disrupt the precise parts of the brain which help us to have a good night’s sleep.
This is covered in the book I mentioned in the podcast called “Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker. It’s an incredibley informative book from a neuroscientist who has spent the vast majority of his career studying brains and sleep.
If you are going to buy the book, which I highly recommend, it would be even better if you bought it from a local book store – help your local businesses! Even if it takes a day or more to arrive you will be helping your community.
I am always conscious of how the podcast goes on for, particularly when it’s just me. So I aim to keep it as short as possible and focus on the key points. Occasionally I overlook one or two points. In this case I really aught to had said that sleep isn’t something you can catch-up on.
You can’t sleep less (say, 4 hours) for several days and then catch up with a sleep-fest at the weekend. It just doesn’t work that way. The damage is done when you under sleep and it takes far longer than a one or two longs sleep to get you back at your best.
As I always say, it’s like driving a car at 200 miles an hour for 5 days and then driving at 30 miles an hour for two days. The days of slow driving isn’t to fix the damage done by the 5 days. Unlike cars, our bodies and our mid can do some basic self repairs but it will take much longer than you think. And…some of the real permanent damage may not make itself known for years.
Anyhow, time to sit back, relax and listen…
(And thank you for buying the book locally!)
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