The world’s sleep experts have warned that the amount of sleep a person gets in the days leading up to Christmas is a key factor in how they will be able to cope with the festive period.
As people head to the shops, cafes and restaurants in the UK, some are starting to realise that the best way to make sure they get the best quality sleep possible is to be more productive.
But, according to the British Sleep Association, this is only possible by doing more work, and is the key to keeping your mind and body in sync.
“There is no magic number for how many hours you should be working or sleeping,” said Dr Andrew White, of the BSA, “but it’s important to remember that getting enough sleep is important, and it is crucial for overall well-being.”
What is sleep?
The body uses the same energy it uses to process food, so when you have a night sleep, the body is able to utilise that energy to maintain healthy tissues.
But what is sleep for?
It is thought that the human body sleeps for about two and a half hours, or about 24 hours a night.
“Sleep is about being awake, alert, relaxed and with no negative emotional state,” said Professor Stephen Gilligan, a sleep expert from the University of Edinburgh.
“It is about keeping your mental and physical health up and preventing any problems during the night.”
How much sleep do I need?
The average person needs around 7.5 hours of sleep, or around 20 hours a day, according the BAA.
But people who work, study or work at night may need more than this, as they may be too tired or stressed to be able sleep.
It is also important to consider the time spent awake, as that is a crucial time for the brain to function optimally.
“For example, if someone is going to the gym, it may not be a good idea to have them on their phone during the exercise session,” Professor Gilligan said.
“If you have to be up at 8:00am or 9:00pm, you need to sleep in.”
So when you do sleep, do not have your phone in bed, but instead, be in a different room with a bed, a chair and a window, or at least be close to someone who is.
“Why should I get more sleep?”
There are a range of reasons why people need to get more than 7.50 hours of quality sleep, including having more than four children, taking on a stressful job or moving,” Professor White said.
It’s also important not to put too much pressure on yourself by spending too much time on your phone.”
You may not have a lot of free time on a typical holiday, so it is important not waste any time and just get your sleep and rest,” he said.
According to Professor Gillig, it’s not just about getting the sleep you need, but also being able to stay awake during the day.”
As you become more productive, the amount you get sleep depends on how you are spending your time and how well you are managing your stress,” he added.
What if I have sleep problems?
Professor Gilligan recommends getting at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, to help you stay awake throughout the day and to keep you in balance during the holiday period.”
In general, if you have problems, it will probably be a sign of a more serious illness, or you may be at risk of developing another,” he explained.
If you are worried about sleep, there are plenty of things you can do.
Dr White said it’s possible to get a good night’s sleep by simply being more aware of your surroundings.”
Avoid being stressed out or distracted by distractions such as music or screens,” he advised.”
Also, if it’s your first time at home, it is helpful to take a deep breath and let your body relax, which will help your brain and body stay calm.
“You can also try a night out with friends or a stranger, or even just a walk around a park or a quiet neighbourhood.”
These activities help your body and mind stay awake and are not only beneficial for mental health, but they also improve physical health,” Dr White added.
How to get good sleep:Dr White is also encouraging people to try to get as much sleep as possible on the first night out.”
Try to get two or three hours of good quality sleep in a short time, so that you are in the best shape for the rest of the day,” he warned.”
The key is to make yourself feel relaxed and relaxed, which means you will have enough energy to be in the right state of mind throughout the night, whether it is for work or socialising.
“What to do if I don’t feel good?”
It’s important not be too stressed, but if you feel a little bit uncomfortable or sleepy, you can just try to go back to bed and let