Having a strong relationship with sleep is key to a good night’s sleep. Our relationship with sleep is critical, and ignoring this can have a knock-on effect.
How do we ensure we have a good relationship with sleep? To answer that question Silentnight sleep expert Dr. Nerina has written a book on better sleep habits.
Dr. Nerina explains getting a better night’s sleep starts with knowing what time you need to go to bed. It’s crucial to go to bed at the right time in order to get a good night’s sleep.
Having a set bedtime every night gives an improved routine that will help you sleep better throughout the night. It takes the average human 15 minutes to fall asleep, so people who wake up at 7 am should be going to bed at these times:
- 9:45 pm
- 12:45 am
Going to bed at these times guarantees around 5-6 sleep cycles, which is the average amount for a good night’s sleep.
Our sleep expert, Dr. Nerina, suggests finding a time that you prefer, to make you less stressed about having to get to sleep by a certain time.
‘Everyone has a unique relationship with sleep, but sleep problems don’t start when you put your head on the pillow’. What you do before you go to bed can impact your sleep.
Dr. Nerina suggests turning off all electronic devices 60 minutes before you go to sleep, this helps your brain switch off from the stress of work and the outside world. Try reading a book, this can be beneficial because your mind is distracted from daily stress and relieves tension before dozing off.
The way we view sleep is important, there are 2 different ways of viewing sleep: as a priority or as a luxury.
Viewing sleep as a priority is the best way as you are making sure you are getting the sleep you need to be re-energised. Sleep is essential, it helps heal your cells and refresh for the day. Viewing sleep as a luxury can take away your bodies natural time to heal and can have an effect on your mood, weight and eating habits.
In order to change your view, you need to put sleep at the top of your priority list, being properly rested means you’re clear-headed and more focused. Another way to change sleep to a priority is to experiment with different ways of relaxing to get you prepared for a relaxing sleep.
If you’re looking for more information on sleep, Silentnight’s sleep expert Dr. Nerina has a new book The Little Book of Sleep, which is now available for purchase, is a guide on achieving deep, natural, clean sleep for more information click the link and purchase the book now.