Put sleep at the top of your list

YOURS (UK) - - Energy Health Special -

There’s noth­ing bet­ter than a good night’s sleep to leave you feel­ing re­freshed and rar­ing to go – but some­times a full night of shut-eye can be­come elu­sive.

Pri­ori­tise your sleep rou­tine if you’re se­ri­ous about im­prov­ing your en­ergy lev­els be­cause it can have such a big im­pact. “Sleep af­fects our phys­i­cal and emo­tional well­be­ing and the dif­fer­ent phases of your sleep help to re­bal­ance your mind and body in dif­fer­ent ways,” says Si­lent­night’s sleep ex­pert Dr Ne­rina Ram­lakhan. “Miss­ing out on cer­tain stages of sleep can neg­a­tively im­pact on your health.”

The most im­por­tant time of night for en­ergy are the first few hours af­ter you go to bed. “Between the hours of 9-11pm your body re­bal­ances your metabolism and en­ergy lev­els, re­plen­ish­ing the en­ergy you’ve used dur­ing the day and calm­ing your stress lev­els,” says Ne­rina. “Between 1-3am your body is work­ing to re­bal­ance your feel­ings of fear, anger, frus­tra­tion and rage, so ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sleep dis­tur­bances in th­ese vi­tal hours can have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on your mood and en­ergy the fol­low­ing day.”

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