Sleep is a confusing beast.
Whilst a majority of us are capable of sleeping well, sleeping in and perhaps even sleeping consistently — it's still important to consider if we're actually getting the best sleep possible.
Because a good night's rest is a fundamental pillar of health, says sleep expert Rachel Beard.
"If you don't get a good night's rest, you're not motivated to exercise, you're not motivated to eat the right foods," Beard tells Mamamia. "Sleep drives how we look, how we feel, how we perform at work and the quality of our relationships."
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As someone who has always struggled to maintain not only a consistent sleeping routine (I work odd hours as a writer for Mamamia) and has a slightly disturbing relationship with my phone, I was determined to figure out how to sleep better and for longer.
"We can get a better sleep when we prioritise it," Beard explains. "But it is a real issue if you don't implement healthy sleeping habits."
Her role at the A.H. Beard Sleep Wellness Centre focuses on encouraging people to not only sleep better but helps others find ways to implement healthy routines through micro changes. Overall, these changes — big and small — make a huge difference in the long run.