We’re all looking for ways to make a happier and healthier family, and we all hear a lot about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, yet unfortunately so few of us get enough sleep nowadays in order to operate at our optimum level, particularly when you have young children.
We all know how impactful lack of sleep can be in our children, as no doubt you will have encountered the grumpy and agitated state at some point in your parenting life, but it’s exactly the same for us adults.
For many people if they don’t get enough sleep they feel very foggy the next day. How do you feel after a bad night’s sleep? Do you not find your fuse is a little shorter, your patience wears thin much quicker, and you simply don’t have the energy to get all the things done that you need to?
The Hidden Dangers of Not Getting Enough Sleep
It can be difficult to get a completely restful night’s sleep as it is, but when you have additional factors such as young children, or even worse, an infestation of nocturnal pests that you can hear scratching around in the roof or wall cavity (in which case you need to call in Blue Chip Pest Control) to take care of that situation.
Yet, even if you have the optimum conditions for a good night’s sleep, with the stressful and busy lifestyles many of us have today, we are so busy cramming as much into the day as possible, that we end up feeling over stimulated yet at the same time totally worn out.
Have you heard the term ‘over tired’, which is when someone gets past the point of being able to sleep as they are too stimulated.
There are, of course, plenty of things we can do to ensure we get enough sleep though, such as to sleep on a comfortable mattress in a well ventilated, preferably dark room, which is quiet and with soft bed linen that isn’t too hot in the summer; as one of the things that prevent us from sleeping is that feeling of being too hot and clammy in the middle of the night.
There are, of course, factors that are out of our control such as if our partner snores, suffers from night sweats, or sleep talks. Whilst sharing your bed can be a very harmonious experience, and one of the nicest feelings in life, sometimes it can unfortunately get in the way of our ability to get a good night’s sleep.
If you are struggling to sleep you might want to try a natural sleep aid tablet, or an aromatherapy oil such as lavender that can help induce sleep… but if you’re really struggling to sleep, you might want to consider something more pharmaceutical such as Nytol, which seems to work for most people, but if you have true insomnia, it might be necessary to go to the doctors and take stronger tablets available only on prescription.
Indeed, often when we don’t get enough sleep we are pretty useless, or at least less efficient in the day ahead, and this can be a real problem. It’s a particular issue for parents, as a lack of sleep will often result in reduced patience and it’s at times like this, we occasionally see parents explode at their children when being bombarded with requests.
In this article there’s a lot of focus on the quantity of sleep, but that’s not the only factor, indeed, quality is perhaps even more important than quantity.
At night, your mind rests, but there’s a lot of behind the scenes work taking place within your very intelligent body; akin to how a phone needs charging fully so it can keep its charge throughout the next day, we need the same.
The potential danger caused by sleep deficiency is serious. It it makes us less aware, clumsy and distracted which is particularly dangerous if driving a car. Indeed, those people that are so exhausted they fall asleep for just a few seconds behind the wheel, can very easily end up in a disastrous crash.
Then, there are the cumulative effects not having enough sleep has on the body, which of course compound over time, and puts stress on vital organs leading to chronic illnesses.
Sleep clearly plays an important role in our physical health, as sleep is when the body gets chance to replenish and repair all cells within the body; this is why it’s important to get deep enough sleep for the body to release the hormones required for growth and repair.
Getting plenty of sleep is particularly important for young people, as this will help their growth and development - whilst sleep deprivation has been known to stunt growth.
Also, our immune system is greatly affected by the amount of sleep we get, therefore, a continued lack of sleep will lower your immune system and make you more susceptible to illness.
In summary, creating the right environment for a good night’s sleep is incredibly important to your family’s mental, emotional and physical health.
What are some things that you do to ensure you get a good night's sleep? Let me know in the comments below!
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