Few things have the ability to affect how we feel like sleep does. Having a great night’s sleep can help you feel full of energy, vitality and positivity. But an interrupted, difficult night’s sleep can leave you feeling groggy and just not with it.
To lead happy, healthy lives, we need to have good deep sleep and we need it regularly.
But why is this the case? What does sleep do for our bodies? And how much should we be getting?
In our latest blog, we look to answer these questions and help shed some light on how you could improve your sleeping patterns.
What is sleep?
We all know what sleep is. We’ve probably all slept at some point in the past 24 hours (and if not, maybe skip ahead to the last question!).
Sleep is a state of mind and body that naturally recurs. Scientifically speaking, it’s a period of reduced or inhibited sensory, muscular and cerebral activity.
Why is sleep so important?
Our bodies contain a wide variety of interconnected systems. These systems are what allow us to function the way we do in our waking lives.
When we sleep, the majority of our various systems we have go into what is called an anabolic state. That means they recover, recharge and restore themselves.
These systems include our muscular, cerebral, and nervous systems. These are all of vital importance to our sense of wellbeing and equilibrium.
Sleep is sometimes viewed as ‘recharging the batteries’, and in many ways this is the perfect metaphor. It’s the time when our body recovers from the exertions of the day, and prepares itself to go all over again once that alarm goes off.
What happens if you don’t get enough?
You will probably know from experience what a bad night’s sleep feels like. You can wake up feeling somewhat dazed, groggy, and craving a few more hours of solid kip.
Scientifically speaking, if your body isn’t in the sleep state it needs to be to restore the systems outlined above, that can impact how you feel upon waking.
It’s a bit like building a house without foundations. Your day might start crumbling around you and you just don’t feel like yourself.
So how much should we sleep?
This varies depending on our age.
According to guidance from the National Sleep Foundation, adults between the ages of 26 and 64 should sleep for 7-9 hours every night.
Young people generally need more sleep, with teenagers advised to get 8-10 hours of sleep.
People over the age of 65 require 7-8 hours sleep, while the amount of sleep children need can change quickly as they grow up. So check the stats!
How can you improve your sleep?
There are a number of factors that will impact how you sleep. Some are obvious. Encountering regular loud noises, drinking lots of caffeine before bed, or sleeping with an uncomfortable mattress or pillow are all likely to prevent the restful night you want.
But there’s a number of things you can do to ease yourself off into the world of nod. Getting regular exercise, turning off devices and creating a relaxing bedtime ritual can all prove advantageous.
There’s also a number of herbal and organic sleep supplements that can help you get the kind of regular, peaceful sleep you need.
For example, running yourself a magnesium bath before you sleep can help enhance your body’s ability to relax. Magnesium bath flakes are a great product to try for yourself. Why magnesium? Magnesium is an incredibly important (and often overlooked element) and its beneficial impact on sleep and overall relaxation has been widely researched with positive effect. Worth giving a try and who doesn't like a hot bath?
There are also teas available to support relaxation before sleep, while reishi mushrooms have also been linked with improved sleep. You can buy reishi mushroom supplements from our online store. Another reishi product which we love is Four Sigmatic Mushroom Hot Cacao Mix with Reishi. It comes in handy, ready to use packets. All that is needed is hot milk (or mylk) or water. Even our owner’s 4 years old daughter loves it!
Evolution Organics has a superb range of natural sleep and relaxation products to help your body reach that optimal state of tranquility.
Take a look through our selection and add a natural sleep product to your daily routine if you wish.
If you’ve been struggling to get adequate sleep, hopefully this blog has offered some ways you can start to move in the right direction.
Create a relaxing atmosphere, adopt good habits and make positive changes, and consistent good sleep awaits.
Feel free to contact Evolution Organics if you have any questions about our range.