THE POWER OF SLEEP
According to makers of fitness trackers, TomTom, the amount of time we spend sleeping is vital to our health and wellbeing. We have four stages of sleep per cycle, and each is needed for the body to release hormones that help muscle growth. With grueling schedules, many of us skate on less than the required seven to nine hours of sleep a day. This can lead to less productivity and increased risk of diseases like diabetes and heart disease, weight gain and muscle loss. Try these smarts steps to getting a better night’s sleep:
1. Avoid eating within an hour of your bedtime – it’ll take you longer to fall asleep on a full stomach because your body needs time to digest the food.
2. Switch off before climbing into bed – lightemitting technology, like our phones and tablets, has a disruptive effect on sleep, keeping you alert and awake.
3. Exercise vigorously during the day to
help relieve the symptoms of insomnia.
4. Meditate to slow down your heart rate, clear your thoughts and aid rest.