Oman Health: The importance of a good night’s sleep

31 Aug 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Few people never get the amount of sleep they need. With these handy tips, make sure you get a good night’s rest to face the demands of tomorrow.



We all know there are power professionals who claim they can get by on four to six hours’ sleep per night, eg: Marissa Mayer, the former CEO of Yahoo!

But for the rest of us, too many nights when we are not getting our eight hours is likely to result in increased stress, anxiety and irritation.

The trouble is; we think everyone else is making do with sleeping less so we should too, right?

Wrong. Everybody’s different, for starters; and a lack of a good sleep can lead to aches and pains, stiffness, sore muscles, tingling or numbness, fatigue, as well as an increased risk of becoming ill. 

According to the National Sleep Foundation in the United States, the average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep a night. In fact, a survey by Mattress Firm revealed a correlation between stress and those who receive less sleep than experts recommend. 

Twice as many stressed people get fewer than five hours of sleep each night compared to those who are not. What’s more, those who are stressed are five times more likely to experience insomnia at least once a month.

The proper amount and quality of sleep can have a dramatic impact on your life. If you’re stressed and experiencing trouble sleeping, these tips from the sleep experts at Mattress Firm can help ensure you’re getting the rest you need to improve your sleep health.

Minimise technology use before you head to bed.

The survey found that quality of sleep is negatively affected because of stress-induced use of technology. For example, those who are stressed are 60 per cent more likely to watch TV an hour before bed, more than twice as likely to post to social media an hour before bed, twice as likely to check email an hour before bed and more than 40 per cent more likely to sleep with their phones next to their beds.

Ensure your body is getting adequate support.

What felt comfortable to sleep on eight years ago may not provide the support your body needs today. Your weight, pressure points, ailments, etc. can change over the course of time, so it’s important to check the mattress tag. If it’s more than eight years old, it is time to replace it. Another way to make sure your body has the proper support and alignment is to figure out your sleep position and select the right pillows to support your body. This can help alleviate tossing and turning, and provide a more comfortable night’s sleep.

Avoid nighttime snacking

About 24 per cent of extremely stressed people indulge in a snack an hour before bed, according to the survey. There are many food and drink options that encourage a good night’s sleep more than others, such as tryptophan-rich foods like dairy, nuts and seeds, bananas, honey and eggs. Conversely, foods and medications with caffeine and foods with high-fat content should be avoided. The foods you choose are important, but also pay attention to the timing of when you eat and drink. Even fighting stress with an afternoon espresso can affect your ability to sleep hours later when your head hits the pillow.

Find more ideas for relaxing and achieving better sleep at dailydoze.com.

Source: Family Features


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