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The Importance of Sleep for Working Professionals

The Importance of Sleep for Working Professionals

According to statistics, over 40% of professionals report losing sleep because their minds are still focusing on work matters into the night. One-third of workers also admit to checking their work phones before falling asleep and again upon waking.

So how do we best combat this?

The importance of sleep

Firstly, let’s look at how sleep benefits your mind and body.

Sleep enhances the ability to learn, aids good decision making, wards off viral illnesses and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Furthermore, a good night’s sleep helps to regulate the metabolism and protects from illnesses such as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases like dementia. It is recommended to aim for 8-9 hours of sleep per night.

As sleep is vital to keep health and wellbeing in balance here are some tips to help get the best night’s sleep possible to improve productivity and energy at work.

  • Try to stick to a sleep schedule. If your sleep patterns vary it can throw you out of balance. Aim to go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time in the morning.
  • Exercise between morning and early afternoon. Exercising too late in the day boosts energy levels which could be disruptive to a restful night’s sleep.
  • Avoid large meals and alcoholic or caffeinated beverages before bed as food needs time to digest and caffeine stimulates the brain.
  • Take a bath before bedtime, the warm water will relax the body and mind and ease into a restful night’s sleep.
  • Make your bedroom dark, cool and gadget-free, this is the ideal sleeping environment free from distractions.
  • Get enough sun exposure during the day, at least 30 minutes. This has a natural soporific effect.
  • Don’t stay in bed if you cannot sleep, the brain will process your bedroom as a ‘no sleep’ zone, instead find somewhere comfortable to sit where you can meditate, read, or relax until you feel tired enough to return to bed. Do not look at your phone or other electronic devices as the blue light stimulates brain activity.

A good night’s sleep is vital to helping the mind and body function efficiently throughout the day, so try to implement these tips into an evening routine to ensure you have a deep and restful sleep. Whilst staying at Combe Grove, you will be immersed in nature and tranquillity to aid a night of restful sleep, surrounded by the comforting scent of homegrown lavender. Why not read our post about the ways in which you can improve the quality of your sleep at home?