Sleep is an essential aspect in maintaining overall well-being, helping to reduce stress, increase concentration, and with vast physical and mental health benefits. We spoke to the experts at anatomē about their top tips on how you can make the most of your sleep.
How many hours of sleep is considered optimum?
The average is between 7 and 9h of sleep. However, should you sleep less than this and wake up feeling restored, go with what your body needs.
Is there ever such a thing as too much sleep?
There is some evidence showing that oversleeping can increase the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease. This is however associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
Are there specific products or supplements you would recommend, and what do they do? Are they suitable for anyone?
If you are feeling overworked and stressed, supplements can definitely help. High cortisol levels (the stress hormone) can negatively influence our sleep. So, attenuating the effect of stress is really important. We have created a supplement specifically for this. Our Rest, Reset + Sleep Supplement has Ashagranda to tackle stress, Chamomile and Lavender extract to soothe and calm, Valerian root and L-theanine to naturally encourage the body to produce melatonin.
Is it a good idea to nap?
It is, but it doesn't work for everybody. Some people can nap, some can't. Taking a nap during the day helps to restore and reset the body. So, if you think it's easy for you and suits your schedule, it is definitely worth trying.
Are there any common myths about sleeping?
People are always worried about how many hours we should sleep. However, we should shift this thought to a more intuitive approach and ask, do I feel rested, restored and refreshed after my sleep time? Sleep is not only about quantity but also quality.
What other lifestyle habits are important to help maintain a healthy sleeping pattern?
It's really important to maintain a clean and organized sleeping environment.
Also, try to stick to regular sleep and waking times, to ensure none of your REM sleep cycles are lost. Losing an hour or two can be detrimental to how restored you feel.
Do you have any golden rules for how to get a good night’s sleep?
The secret to a great night of sleep is to be fully relaxed! The alpha brain waves start the sleep process, but the waves only start when you are relaxed. Make sure your mind is worry-free before bedtime. Essential oils are a great way of preparing your mind for sleep. anatomē's Recovery + Sleep oil eases your mind into a relaxed state and helps you to establish a healthy sleep routine.