Every day in the counselling room, we see how lack of sleep or lethargy harms quality of life. From mental wellness, to physical health and relationships, a good sleep is a foundation aspect of healing, recovery and wholeness.
That’s why we were thrilled when Dr Nikola Djodjevic, MD of DisturbMeNot reached out to Watersedge with his fabulous infographic about sleep. Whether you are based in the US where lots of these stats are from, or live elsewhere, we hope this opens your eyes to the ways you can enhance your sleep and feel happier and healthier.
Interesting Facts About Sleep That You Probably Didn’t Know
Most of the things that we know about sleep have been discovered in the last 30 years or so, but it’s fair to say that we’ve made up for it. Researchers and scientists now know that sleep is essential for good health and well being, alongside regular nutrition and proper exercise.
Although many people consider daily naps a waste of time, they actually offer various benefits. Napping can provide an easy way to get some rejuvenation and relaxation. Daytime naps can improve many things – boost creativity, increase alertness, improve perception, motor skills, accuracy, stamina, and reduce stress.
Depending on how long you’re asleep, the benefits of a nap can vary. For instance, 10 to 20-minute naps are good for alertness and motor learning skills, like playing the piano or typing. Longer naps help boost creativity, emotional, and procedural memory.
The best hour for most people to nap is between 1 and 2 pm. That’s usually the time when you start digesting your lunch, and your energy levels and blood sugar start to dip. In fact, our body clock is programmed so that we feel a little sleepy in the middle of the afternoon.
So if you try napping earlier, your body might not be ready for more sleep. If you want to take a nap without compromising your ability to fall or stay asleep at night, you should make sure that it happens early enough. At the very least, you should try making sure that you wake up from the nap no less than three hours before bedtime.
Did you know that some of the most influential people on the planet, like Winston Churchill, Napoleon, and Einstein, were keen nappers? Don’t assume for a second that you can’t take care of business if you sneak in a few winks in the middle of the day.
For more cool stuff about sleep, proper sleeping patterns, and the benefits of sleep, check out the infographic below.
Do you struggle to get a good night’s sleep? Are you constantly lethargic, irritable or exhausted? Here’s what you need to do: Contact Colleen on 0434 337 245, Duncan on 0434 331 243 or Rachel on 0422 177 193 for a FREE 10 minute consultation on how we can best help you or book online.