The Science Behind Good Sleep & How To Get More
As the Dalai Lama once said, “Sleep is the best meditation.” For an activity we spend 1/3rd of our lives doing, it is surprisingly recent that the science behind it has come to light.
Early beliefs were puritan, at best, such as the New England clergyman Cotton Mather’s sermon in 1719 where he branded it “sinful” – and went on to condemn those who slept often while they should be working. Over time, empirical research has put these notions to bed. Insufficient sleep has been linked to low quality of life, depression, increases in cardiovascular disease and hypertension, cognitive and motor impairment, and a number of other medical conditions.
SLEEP QUALITY MAKES A DIFFERENCE
There is a stark difference between sleep and good sleep. Good sleep is measured by the amount your body gets every night. A few characteristics that determine whether the rest you’re getting is good:
- You’ve slept the recommended amount (usually 7-9 hours)
- You can fall asleep within 30 minutes of getting into bed
- When you wake up, you feel recharged and refreshed
- You don’t wake up more than once after falling asleep
With our fast-paced modern lifestyles, 7-9 hours of sleep might sound like a luxury, but it is what the body needs to function at its optimum.
SLEEP MORE, SLEEP BETTER
If you’re waking up tired, groggy and annoyed most days, it’s a sign that you’re not sleeping well and enough. Being sleepy and tired throws your hormones out of whack and can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. Rule of thumb? If you’re feeling unproductive throughout the day, you know you need more sleep. Here are some science-backed ways to get better sleep:
A hot bath or shower is associated with deeper and better quality sleep. Drying off with our soft, luxurious Lush Spa towels can be all the more relaxing.
Classical music is said to have a calming effect, but any music of your choice is likely to uplift your mood and help you wind down.