A good night's sleep...

... could be the miss­ing in­gre­di­ent in your health and fit­ness rou­tine

Women's Fitness (UK) - - Promotion -

It’s easy to over­look your sleep when you em­bark on a health kick – your fo­cus nat­u­rally drifts to­wards the plan­ning of your new diet and ex­er­cise rou­tine, but the qual­ity of your time be­neath the sheets is cru­cial, too.

We spend the equiv­a­lent of a whop­ping 26 years in the Land of Nod over our life­time, so mak­ing a good night's sleep your pri­or­ity re­ally will pay off. Like us, Ben­sons for Beds knows that keeping your mind and body well rested is the foun­da­tion of a healthy life­style and a good night's kip can have a real im­pact on your per­for­mance – both phys­i­cally and men­tally. 'Good-qual­ity sleep is vi­tal for good health, al­low­ing your body to re­new and re­pair it­self, bol­ster­ing your im­mune sys­tem and reg­u­lat­ing hor­mones. Whereas reg­u­lar poor sleep raises the risk of suf­fer­ing se­vere med­i­cal con­di­tions in­clud­ing obe­sity, heart dis­ease and di­a­betes and short­ens over­all life ex­pectancy. Long-term poor sleep can also neg­a­tively im­pact your men­tal health – lead­ing to mood dis­or­ders like de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety,' ex­plains Dr Guy Mead­ows for Ben­sons for Beds. Sounds like the stuff of night­mares, not sweet dreams!

A lack of qual­ity sleep can also very quickly put paid to your healthy life­style as­pi­ra­tions. Not only does the re­sult­ing tired­ness make the prospect of hit­ting the gym or head­ing out for a run far less ap­peal­ing, but it can ruin your healthy eat­ing plans as well. Re­search pub­lished in the Euro­pean Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nu­tri­tion in Novem­ber 2016 found that in the day fol­low­ing a night of lim­ited sleep, peo­ple ate an ex­tra 385 calo­ries on av­er­age. There are sev­eral key things you can do to im­prove your sleep, in­clud­ing eat­ing tryp­to­phan-rich foods, re­duc­ing your ex­po­sure to blue light from your phone two hours be­fore bed­time and mak­ing your bed­room a re­lax­ing space.

Ben­sons for Beds un­der­stands that a good night’s sleep is es­sen­tial to over­all health and well­be­ing, that’s why it makes it as easy as pos­si­ble for you to find the mattress and bed that suits your needs, with the Com­fort Sta­tion Adap­tive (CSA). What­ever type of bed you're look­ing for, the tech­nol­ogy pro­vides a firm­ness rat­ing sys­tem which helps you find the right bed. To find your per­fect mattress visit ben­sons­forbeds.co.uk/ com­fort-sta­tion

A lack of qual­ity sleep can also very quickly put paid to your healthy life­style as­pi­ra­tions

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