Well­ness and beauty

A good snooze is vi­tal for well-be­ing

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Stud­ies have found too lit­tle sleep can make our T-cells go down – the cells that keep colds, flus and viruses away.

Araft of re­search around the world is find­ing not get­ting enough sleep can lead to con­se­quences for our well-be­ing, from weight gain to mem­ory loss.

Some of the most re­cent sci­en­tific re­search has found: Los­ing just one night’s sleep is enough to stop your brain nat­u­rally re­set­ting it­self. When the brain can­not do this, re­searchers from Ger­many’s Univer­sity of Freiburg dis­cov­ered elec­tri­cal ac­tiv­ity in­creases, neu­rons be­come mud­dled and over-con­nect. New mem­o­ries are not formed and in the long run this pre­vents the brain re­mem­ber­ing and learn­ing, and us from grow­ing and adapt­ing. Lack of sleep can – amaz­ingly – lead to ill­ness and even im­mune dis­or­ders such as hy­per­ten­sion, obe­sity and di­a­betes. How? Stud­ies have found too lit­tle sleep can make our T-cells go down – the cells that keep colds, flus and viruses away – and push in­flam­ma­tory pro­teins up. In short, the im­mune sys­tem is sup­pressed.

There are a num­ber of pro­grams to help us sleep bet­ter, as well as a lot of ad­vice avail­able on­line.

Founder of My Sleep Coach and in­ter­na­tional sleep ex­pert Elina Win­nel’s top tips for sleep­ing on planes in­clude the mar­tial arts trick of look­ing up at a 45-de­gree an­gle with the eyes closed, which helps calm the mind.

She also sug­gests ex­er­cis­ing the day be­fore be­cause phys­i­cal as well as men­tal tired­ness im­proves the chances of sleep­ing in a seat. She rec­om­mends es­chew­ing fash­ion for looser cloth­ing that mim­ics what you would nor­mally wear to bed and, for best re­sults, noise-can­celling head­phones play­ing brain­wave mu­sic.

Other sim­pler tips are to pre­pare your body by hy­drat­ing be­fore the flight, say­ing no to caf­feine and al­co­hol while on board, stay­ing warm with socks and a blan­ket to cre­ate a cosy in-bed feel­ing, and al­ways us­ing an eye mask, earplugs and U-shaped pil­low.

The 137 Pil­lars Ho­tels & Re­sorts in Bangkok and Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land, now of­fer a new Sleep By De­sign ther­apy. Ex­pe­ri­enced ei­ther in the ho­tels’ Ni­tra Spa or in-room, this 90-minute, four-stage process pre­pares guests for a bliss­ful night’s sleep.

Guests are set­tled in a scented, warm dim room, cov­ered in pre­warmed tow­els, and bin­au­ral beats head­phones and an eye mask. The sec­ond step in­cludes a flo­ral foot cleanse, mag­ne­sium oil rubbed on 10 pulse points and a five-minute reiki treat­ment. Step three is a mas­sage match­ing the re­cip­i­ent’s breath­ing pat­tern, and the fi­nal stage is full reiki, fol­lowed by a bath and laven­der tea.

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