You have certainly earned it – a good night’s sleep! More and more people are complaining of a lack of sleep, too much stress in their everyday lives and too few opportunities to really relax when they do close their eyes. This is despite the fact that the length of time spent sleeping has hardly fallen over the decades.
What makes a good night's sleep
It’s not just the right mattress, pillows and covers that are important for healthy, restful sleep.
Instead, it’s the rhythm of sleep and the environmental conditions that ensure that you wake up refreshed and full of vim and vigour, ready for a new day. Specifically, it is the individual sleep rituals that make for a good night’s sleep. Whenever possible go to bed at regular times, make sure that your room is quiet and dark and that there is plenty of fresh air. In addition, there are many small, personal things that help to ensure you sleep well. Reading a couple of pages of a good book, chatting about the day and, above all, relaxing together with your partner can favour a good night’s sleep.
Don't take your troubles to bed with you
Taking your worries and fears to bed with you, thinking about tomorrow’s work stress and upsetting arguments are all detrimental. Sleeping whilst the television is on or constantly checking the latest news on your smart phone do not help toget your body ready for good and relaxing sleep.
Take your time
As a general rule, healthy sleep is characterised by natural sleep phases. These include the sleep onset phase, the transitional phase to deep sleep, often linked with dream phases, the deep sleep phase itself and the waking phase. The conditions for healthy sleep are ideal if you are able to undergo all of these phases of sleep undisturbed. Allow yourself and your body a regular, adequate night’s sleep of seven to eight hours. This will give you enough time to “experience” every phase of sleep and help you start the new day refreshed.