Sleep is a fundamental component of our health.
During these vital hours, our bodies and minds undergo a series of restorative processes. Our tissues are repaired, memories are consolidated, and hormones are regulated.
A critical aspect of sleep is the brain's self-cleaning process via the recently discovered ‘Glymphatic system’.
This self-cleaning process, which can only occur during sleep due to the brain's high activity level while awake, flushes out toxins and waste metabolites that build up during the day and is crucial for maintaining neurological health.
However, in our modern world, achieving the right amount of high quality sleep has become a challenge for many.
Factors such as exposure to artificial light from screens, constant digital stimulation, stress, nutritional deficiencies, and the fast pace of life all contribute to sleep disruption.
In the UK, a study conducted by the Sleep Council found that nearly a third of the population suffers from insomnia.
This is not just about feeling tired, chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to serious health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer's disease.
Sleep deprivation is also a cause of over eating with studies showing sleep deprived participants felt hungrier and consumed significantly more calories throughout the day.
In this blog, we cover 5 practical tips to help you achieve the restful sleep your body and mind need.