Dream, baby dream Make the most of a good night’s sleep

Sleep is na­ture’s per­fect cure-all, but are you mak­ing the most of this ex­tra­or­di­nary gift? Here’s how to change your slum­ber habits for good

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - April Contents -

what’s more bliss­ful than climb­ing be­neath the cov­ers of your beloved bed and drift­ing off into a deep, rest­ful sleep? Pretty much noth­ing! And it doesn’t just feel good, it is good.

Sleep is when heal­ing hap­pens – your eyes might be closed but your brain and body are hard at work re­pair­ing, restor­ing, re­new­ing and pro­tect­ing. Good sleep is crit­i­cal for ev­ery­thing from heart and im­mune health to cog­ni­tive func­tion and weight con­trol. And it’s not just your imag­i­na­tion – you’ll even look pret­tier af­ter a good night’s kip and you’ll be in a sun­nier frame of mind.

WAKE-UP CALL

Fact is, many of us rou­tinely don’t get the kind of qual­ity sleep we need to kick that heal­ing process into top gear. In­stead, we wake up and drag our­selves out of bed in search of caf­feine.

Some­times, in­grained habits can un­wit­tingly sab­o­tage zzz-time. Late-night snack­ing, Net­flix and stress can all take their toll, not to men­tion mat­tresses and pil­lows that have seen bet­ter days!

What are you gonna do about it? Read on for easy fixes.

Your brain needs 7 to 8 hours op­ti­mum brain of good sleep for func­tion.

You can wing it on less, but long-term there’s a price to pay

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