Junk sleep is a term coined by The Sleep Council, a British organisation that investigates sleep and aims to help people improve their chances of a solid bit of kip. Junk sleep is sleep that is neither long enough nor good enough quality to restore the brain to the level needed to perform well the next day. In this blog, I take a look at the impact junk sleep can have on your health and identify useful ways of promoting a good sleep pattern.
In a recent report1, The Sleep Council describes the effect that mobile phones, tablets, and televisions are having on our sleep.
The blue light that computers, mobile phones and tablets emit disrupts the body’s body clock, which is programmed to respond to light as a wake-up call.
It’s hard for the body to relax into peaceful slumber when numerous lights are blinking all around it. The sleep hormone, melatonin is less likely to be secreted, and bang goes the chance of slipping readily into dreamland.
Watching television in bed can also lead to poor quality sleep, despite the fact that many people think that watching the box last thing at night will lull them to sleep. 39% of those who watch television in bed sleep very poorly most nights. On the other hand, 39% of those who read before they go to sleep, sleep very well.
1Information taken from research carried out for The Sleep Council. The research was carried out online by Opinion Matters between 02/01/2013 and 23/01/2013 amongst a panel resulting in 5007 respondents (UK adults).
Good sleep hygiene
These are good habits to establish in order to promote good sleeping patterns.
Exercising every day (and people who exercise daily are most likely to be in bed by 10pm)
Having a regular bedtime – almost a third (32%) of those who routinely go to bed between 10pm and 11pm sleep very well
Having a bedtime routine
Making time to relax and wind down before bed
Reading before going to sleep
Having thick curtains, good quality bed clothes, and a good quality bed
Having a clutter-free environment, with no electronic gadgets in the bedroom
We all know the impact of a bad night’s sleep which is why I’ve devised a personalised 6 day sleep plan to help you conquer your sleep problems, equipping you with the knowledge and tools to get a better night’s sleep.
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