Published: 24 March 2021
Last Friday 19th March was World Sleep Day, an annual event promoting the importance of getting good quality rest.
Since 2008, the World Sleep Society has been running the day and this year chose the theme ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future’.
In their latest article, the Health and Wellbeing team discuss the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.
“Many of us struggle to get enough rest, despite how important it is to our general wellbeing.
It’s thought that adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night to feel rested and function well the next day.
While sleeping, your body is restoring itself and processing the events of the past. That’s why not having enough can leave you feeling tired and foggy.
Therefore, developing a good sleeping pattern is so vital, which mean creating a routine.
Our bodies and minds thrive on structure, so going to bed and waking up at regular times is important.
Spending time on our phones late at night is a problem for our sleep patterns. They give off blue light which tricks our brains into thinking it’s daytime.
That prevents our ability to produce important sleep hormones like melatonin.
Try putting your phone down at least an hour before bed so your body starts to get ready for sleep naturally.
Mentally prepare for sleep
If you’re having trouble ‘switching off’ before bed, try writing your thoughts down.
Create a to-do list for the following day or take up journaling.
You could also try relaxation techniques such as yoga, mindfulness or listening to peaceful sounds like rainfall or crackling fires to get you in the mood to sleep.
Light exercise or a warm bath can also be a great way to wind down before heading to bed.
All of these might sound simple but adding them to your daily routine can help give you a great night’s rest.
Not getting enough sleep can have a negative effect on how you feel, which includes your ability to concentrate and study at university.
So, if you’re struggling with sleep, give these tips a go and see the difference they can make.
You can get more information on the NHS website.”
As a University of Sunderland in London student, the Health and Wellbeing Team are here for you.
If you’d like to speak with a member of the team confidentially, you can book an appointment online.