Learn this list by heart – and your body will thank you.
We all know how important a good night’s sleep is to our overall health and wellbeing.
A sound snooze will give you more energy, boost productivity, improve heart and immune system health, put you in a better mood and may even help you live a longer life.
But most of us are guilty of a few bad habits, which means we’re not making the most out of our nightly shut eye (late night Instagram session, anyone?).
The Sleep Health Foundation has found that a great number of Australians are averaging six to seven hours of sleep a night, with a large percentage getting even less.
And according to the Foundation, that’s having a ‘mammoth impact’ on our health, safety and relationships.
So we’ve rounded up six of the best (and easiest) ways to make your recommended eight hours of sleep work harder each and every night.
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1. Stick to a schedule.
Stick to the same bedtime and wakeup time every day, even on the weekends. Yes, unfortunately this could mean sacrificing your weekend sleep-in, but it will regulate your internal body clock, helping you to get the right amount of sleep each night.
2. Avoid screens one hour before sleep.
Yep, that means your phone, laptop, tablet and TV are out. Sorry. UCLA School of Medicine’s clinical professor of psychiatry, Dr Dan Siegel, says checking your technology just before bedtime will seriously affect your sleep, which then has a flow-on effect on other health issues.
When we stare at our screens before bed we’re actually soaking up a “stream of photons” – which tells our brains to stay awake.
This process also prevents the brain from secreting melatonin which allows it to “switch off”, which might be why you find yourself tossing and turning for a while before actually falling asleep.
3. Get naked.
There are many surprising health benefits to sleeping naked. According to
naturopath and author Natasha Turner, being too warm at night disrupts the natural release of melatonin and growth hormones. Sleeping naked allows your body to regulate its temperature naturally.
“As your body temperature drops, growth hormone is released and works its regenerative magic,” Turner says. And it’s that anti-aging hormone that keeps you skin and hair looking fab.