7-8 hours of good sleep every night is associated with real immediate and longer-term health benefits.
Here are some practical tips to help you sleep better:
Dark and cool. The ideal bedroom is totally dark and cool (not freezing cold but cool).
Routine. Our bodies respond well to routine so having a farly consistent bedtime really helps.
Slow down. You should try to avoid being too active, all electronic screens (TV, phone, computer), work, and anything that is “stimulating” for about an hour before you ant to sleep. This is a good time for quiet chats, book reading, and the like.
NO. Caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate), excess alcohol (anything more than 2 drinks), sugar (cool drinks, sweets) for 4-6 hours before sleep.
Use an alarm. It may sound contradictory but in truth many people relax and sleep better knowing that the morning alarm is set and so they know they cannot sleep in.
Comfort. Investing in a mattress, linen, and pillows that work for you is money well spent.
Very few people use all of these tips and most adults do not sleep enough or well enough…
Colin was a medical practitioner (GP) from 1988 to 2000. Since then he has worked in the wellness field, designing, developing and delivering various products and services. Out of clinical practice for many years now he no longer practices medicine formally but retains a keen interest in helping people become more-well versions of themselves. He acts as a wellness coach and not as a medical practitioner today.
Colin's approach and philosophy is based on empowerment: the notion that people only need a little help to make choices they usually already want to anyway - it's about respect and support rather than instruction or correction.
Colin lives at the Vaal Dam with his wife Cathy. He spends time walking mountains, cycling, motorbike riding, kayaking, sailing and always looking for better & better balance.