Happy 'National Public Sleeping Day!'
Will you be napping outside in public today to celebrate? With temperatures as they are in the UK at the moment, I am not recommending it!
After years of shift work, I am blessed with the gift of being able to nap pretty much anywhere. I love sleeping!
I have often thought that I might volunteer for one of those medical experiments where you get to sleep all day but the thought of being watched while I do does put me off!
Do you love sleeping or do you struggle to switch off to get to sleep? What is your ‘pre-sleep’ routine? Are you spending time winding down or are you all systems go until your head hits the pillow?
I need a good 7 hours. You really don’t want to be around me if I haven’t had a good night’s sleep! My ability to function is impacted if I have not had sleep. My concentration levels are poor and all I want to do is nap and eat!
I am the same if I don’t exercise or if I haven’t had time out. These are all important for me to keep the ‘stress bucket’ as near to empty as possible.
Sleep has so many benefits. The following are just a few:
Increases attention span for learning
Increases energy levels and stamina
Increases quality of life
Increases life span
Reduces blood pressure
Reduces stress, depression and anxiety disorder symptoms
With all these benefits, and so many more it is interesting how many of us do not prioritise sleep.If we were to spend even just half an hour extra in bed our ability to function would probably be able to do things a lot quicker.
We cover sleep as a theme in one of the weeks on 'Thrive', we also discuss the importance of rest and relaxation. Often the two are dependent on each other. We need to be able to slow down and relax as a preparation for sleep however rest and relaxation can also bring many of the same benefits as sleep.
How much of a priority do you give to sleep and rest and relaxation?
Is your life mostly Formula One or do you take some time to go at a slower pace?
How much time in the week do you spend resting or relaxing and taking some time out of a busy schedule?
Do you stop for lunch at work and take a screen break or technology-free walk around the block?
If you struggle to make it a priority then maybe ask yourself how different life maybe if you were to increase the priority of the things listed above?
If you can improve just some of those listed is an early night or a little time out to empty the stress bucket not even more worthwhile?
Just try half an hour earlier for a couple of days and see what a difference it makes. Set an alarm for bedtime if you need to!
If you are you are struggling to sleep and feel it may be stress-related, or you are finding that coping with life is getting difficult and impacting the quality of your sleep then why not get in touch and see how Phoenix can support you to improve your life and wellbeing.
First published Feb 2018
Republished Feb 2020