SLEEP HEALTHY TIPS

  • The competing demands of our lives mean that we set ourselves a frenetic pace to get everything done during our waking hours and often compromise the effectiveness of our sleep.
  • Sunflower, as the Specialty Sleep, want to help all our customers sleep healthy.
  • In a study published in the June 2011 issue of Science, University of Washington researchers worked with a special breed of fruit flies that could be induced to sleep on demand. Following a period of training, flies that then underwent 4 hours of induced sleep formed long-term memories of that training. Training alone was not enough to trigger memory consolidation—sleep was a necessary component. Flies that trained but did not sleep did not form long-term memories.
  • Sleep is essential for a healthy mind and body, especially in times of stress or pressure. For example, when you’re studying for a test or trying to memorise notes for a presentation, a good night’s sleep will enhance your ability to perform.
  • There are some simple techniques that we can all implement to help our sleep become healthier. Because if we sleep healthy, it is easier to live healthy!
  • Sleep on a comfortable, supportive mattress and foundation
  • It's difficult to get deep restful sleep on a bed that's too soft, too hard, too old. Ensure you have a comfortable yet supportive mattress and foundation.
  • The right pillow
  • Your pillow can be one of the main causes of a restless sleep, so make sure you have the pillow that is ideal for you. Just like you should be fitted to your bed, you should be fitted to your pillow.
  • Go to bed at the same time each day
  • The body has a natural clock which will make you sleepy when you're ready for bed. Don't ignore this! If you miss this signal, it could be up to three hours before your body cycle wants to sleep again. Similarly, going to bed too early may also result in restless sleep.
  • Get up at the same time each day
  • Getting up at the same time each day helps to keep that magicial body clock synchronised with what is happening outside. If you can keep to a fairly regular sleeping and waking time, your body will become accustomed to it. It doesn't mean you should become obsessive about this though - we all need a sleep in sometimes!
  • Get regular exercise each day
  • Regular exercise will not only improve the quality of your waking hours, it will also improve the quality of your sleep. If you don’t exercise regularly, add good sleep to a long list of reasons why you should take up the practice. I can hear the groans of many echoing now, and that might partially because we know it to be true!
  • Make sleep a priority
  • Say 'yes' to sleep even when you're tempted to stay up late. You'll thank yourself in the morning!
  • Cut down on stimulants
  • Consuming stimulants like caffeine, sugary foods and too many carbohydrates in the evening interferes with falling asleep, and prevents deep sleep.
  • Make the bedroom a haven
  • Your bedroom should be your haven - it should be an oasis of calm in a store and you should have that feeling of relaxing, of letting go, when you enter it. Help create this haven by keeping the temperature cool, minimising bright light and removing distractions like TVs and telephones. Train your brain to know that the bedroom is a haven of relaxation and sleep will come more easily.