You have a good diet and regularly workout – that’s enough to keep you healthy isn’t it? New research has found that this isn’t enough. A major factor to your health is the amount of sleep you’re getting, so no matter how good your diet is or how often you go to the gym, if you don’t get the right amount of sleep you’re not going to benefit as you should.
A recent study conducted holds that even just missing one night’s sleep can be more damaging than six months of bad eating. The reason for this is because sleep deprivation has a negative effect on your body’s insulin sensitivity levels, which can affect your metabolism and also increase your chances of becoming obese or developing diabetes. Your body needs a good sleeping pattern to maintain balance and function properly.
What can you do you make sure you’re getting the sleep you need? Ideally, you need to develop a regular sleeping pattern which you can follow. The human body likes routine, and once you get it used to going to bed at say 11pm and getting up at 7am it’ll come as second nature to you. It’ll also mean you get the full amount of sleep you need and you’ll feel much fresher in yourself. Missing sleep and catching up with long lie ins is no good. In fact by doing this you will end up disrupting your body clock and end up feeling more lethargic.
If you struggle with sleep there are some things you can do to help you drift off. Make sure your bedroom is cool enough and that as much artificial light is off when it comes to going to sleep. Your brain will be able to settle quicker when it is cooler and in a dark environment. You can also take part in gentle exercise an hour before bed as many find this to be helpful. Getting rid of distractions in the bedroom is advisable. Try to free yourself from your smartphone or tablet for the evening, as it will let your mind start winding down much quicker.