A good night's sleep...
... could be the missing ingredient in your health and fitness routine
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