It’s all about sleep and happiness
There’s nothing worse than waking feeling tired and groggy before the day’s even begun. Wouldn’t it be so much better if we could start each day feeling refreshed and ready to go? We’ve put together some tips below to help you sleep better – and in turn, feel happier.
- Focus on sleep quality: Did you know that it’s not just your sleep quantity that counts? The quality of sleep you get each night is vital too. The more time you spend in deep sleep (stage 4 sleep) each night, the more refreshed you should feel in the morning. This is because deep sleep helps your body to repair, leaving you feeling less tired and more energetic as a result.
- Make sleep a priority: The connection between sleep and wellbeing is well documented, especially when it comes to mental health. Getting enough good quality sleep is an important part of looking after your mental wellbeing, while difficulty sleeping can sometimes be a sign of mental health problems. Give your body the chance to recharge and you should feel better equipped to tackle the day ahead.
- Develop healthy sleep habits: The key to better sleep? Investing the effort in developing a routine. Healthy sleep habits can take time to establish – but they’re essential if you want to sleep better, regularly. Over time, your body will learn to identify certain cues for bedtime, helping you to feel sleepier and settle better each night. Learn more about sleep hygiene and why it matters.
- Tackle sleep problems head on: Sometimes, it’s not as simple as establishing a sleeping routine – from night sweats to night-time allergies, there are a whole host of physical symptoms that can interfere with your sleep. Tackling these symptoms directly is key – as is speaking with your GP for advice on where to start.
- Make a start today: There’s no time like the present to discover the connection between sleep and happiness. Not sure where to start? Read How Can I Improve My Sleep? for some useful hints and tips.