If you don’t already know I am taking part in weekly challenges with AXA PPP healthcare to make little changes at a time to become healthier!
This weeks #52LittleThings challenge is to get better sleep. Now if you follow me on twitter you will probably notice I am still on there at 2am most nights. That’s right my sleep pattern is so erratic that even when I get to bed I am still awake for hours. So with this weeks challenge to get better sleep I decided that I need to look into why we need better sleep and what benefits this gives us and also look at what changes I can make to try and get more quality sleep.
Learning and memory – Sleep helps a persons brain to process new information.
Metabolism and weight - Sleep deprivation could cause weight increases by altering levels of hormones that will affect our appetites. (Can this be the sole answer to my weight?! … I doubt it but I tried!)
Mood - Tiredness often causes irritability, moodiness, impatience and inability to be able to concentrate.
Cardiovascular Health & Disease – Lack of sleep can alter immune systems, increase the stress hormones and has also been linked to hypertension!
So What Bad Habits Do I Have That Could Be Impacting My Sleep?
- I drink far too much fizzy pop all day and night
- I watch TV right up till I go to bed
- I am also on the computer until I go to bed
- I often work right up till bedtime too.
So What Good Habits Should I Get Into To Sleep Better?
Exercise – Regular exercise my help with ensuring you have quality sleep
Bedtime Routine – Now this sounds mad but it must work, as I make sure my toddler has a bedtime routine and he sleeps well!
Don’t Eat Heavy Meals Or Too Many Fluids - Both of which could make you feel over full and bloated.
Make A List – By writing a list before you go to bed it may help you clear your mind for a more restful night.
My Sleep Targets:
- Stop drinking fizzy pop at 6pm
- Warm but not hot shower between 7pm – 8pm (when possible)
- No working after 9pm
- Go to bed at 10pm & read a book
- Lights out at 11pm
Now this is going to be my target moving forward. After months of complete exhaustion, appalling concentration and irritability I am really hopeful making changes will help. I have to say I can’t believe I have not made these changes before but I hadn’t really thought about the fact it was effecting everything in my day to day life.
If like me you are wanting to get some quality sleep and you would like some more information, AXA PPP healthcare has a healthy Living Guide HERE which contains some helpful tips ……. However it seems not every one in The Oliver’s Madhouse has issues with sleep!
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with AXA PPP healthcare’s #52LittleThings and I have been compensated for this post. However all words and thoughts were developed and written by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse