If you’re getting enough sleep, you can skip reading this post.
Chances are the rest and rejuvenation required to meet the energy needs of your day is elusive.
Sleep hygiene, habits and practices that are conducive to sleeping well on a regular basis, is the latest in things that we should all be doing every day. However, the mere thought of adding one more ‘must do’ to the list can be exhausting.
Still, without a solid 7-8 hours to restore energy, over time sleep depletion starts to show itself in irritability, forgetfulness, headaches and even depressed mood. Ironically, a body and mind that don’t know how to slow down can result in insomnia.
After a while, something has to give.
There are no guaranteed tricks to getting a good night’s sleep. The first step though can be as simple as acknowledging that restorative sleep is as essential as good food and (although it’s hard to admit) more important than (yet not as compelling as) whatever you are binge watching.
Massage therapy can elicit a ‘rest and restore’ reaction that calms the body and mind, contributing to improved sleep. Research evidence shows that massage as an intervention contributes to longer and better quality of sleep.
Summer is a great time to catch up on your napping. Enjoy!