Sleep & Health

To function at our best we need sleep - getting a good night’s rest is essential for our health and well-being. Nutritionist Danijela Unkovich of ‘Healthy Always’ shares her top tips for getting a great night’s rest.

It doesn't matter who we are, what we do, or where we live, all of us are require sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults aim for 7–9 hours of sleep a night* and while there will be times in our life where our sleep is compromised, maximising sleep where possible will always pay dividends to how we feel the following day.

Our bedroom environment

To encourage a good night’s sleep your bedroom environment should be your sanctuary, conducive to rest, rather than a place that distracts from it. Find some more things to consider below to ensure you sleep well and stay well ...

Creating a bedtime routine

Our sleep hygiene is any habit or practice we have in place that help support a restful night’s sleep. One of the simplest ways we can improve our sleep hygiene is to put a bedtime routine in place that works with our lifestyle - a commitment to a bedtime routine can make a huge difference to us drifting off at night. Here are some tips to for creating a bedtime routine:

* National Sleep Foundation’s sleep time duration recommendations: methodology and results summary. Hirshkowitz, Max et al. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation, Volume 1 , Issue 1 , 40 - 43
* Onen SH, Onen F, Bailly D, Parquet P. Prevention and treatment of sleep disorders through regulation of sleeping habits. Presse Med.1994; Mar 12; 23(10): 485-9.

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