We all know that physical activity has benefits to our health and is an essential part of leading a healthy life. The same goes for eating a healthy balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. But did you know that getting a good night's sleep is equally as important for our health?
Getting between 7-9 hours of sleep an evening not only helps the body and mind to repair itself at the end of the day, there are lots of additional health benefits you may not be aware of.
Research states that a good night's sleep can improve our concentration and productivity, as sleep is important for various aspects of the brain's function such as cognition, concentration, productivity, and performance. Good sleep can maximize our problem-solving skills and enhance memory. Poor sleep has been shown to impair brain function.
Sleep can also help to keep our weight under control, a bad night's sleep can leave the body tired and lethargic, it therefore craves energy to function because it’s awake for longer. This can often lead to us reaching for unhealthy energy-providing foods that are high sugar. Some research has suggested that being sleep-deprived changes the level of hormones that signal hunger and fullness in your body too, which can cause us to overeat, particularly later in the day.
What’s worrying is poor sleepers also have a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, along with Type 2 diabetes due to restricted sleep affecting blood sugar and reduced insulin sensitivity. It’s not surprising to know that our mental health is also affected by a lack of sleep; 90% of people with depression complain about sleep quality and sleeping disorders.
That said, it’s not always easy to just get more sleep, with daily life pressures, relationships, finance, work stress and anxiety - it’s often difficult to just switch off.
I know, I've been suffering with my sleep for the last 10 years, and have all of the recommended methods in place. I don't use electronic devices an hour before going to bed, I try and read a few pages of a book. I go to bed and get up at the same time every day in the week. I try not to drink caffeine too late in the day. I reduce my alcohol intake - Despite thinking it can help with sleep, having a couple of drinks at night can negatively affect your sleep and hormones.
I have taken over the counter medication, which worked for a while then had to move onto stronger prescribed medication, but it got to a point that this wasn't working either. Now I'm not saying it was every night, one night a week I would get what you'd class as a 'good night's sleep' ... That was until I started taking CBD for sleep, in particular, The Botanical Night Drops from Kiskanu - They have absolutely changed my life!
I can now get to sleep easily, whereas before, my mind would be racing before bed, and the quality of sleep I now get is brilliant. I feel sharper and more focussed than I have in years and can't wait to get to sleep at night!
The world is a very different place right now, and after just starting a new job, moving house and feeling lots of uncertainty, I am happy to say sleep is no longer a worry for me. I can't recommend this CBD Oil enough.
So if you are considering improving your health, please factor in the amount of sleep you're getting too!
Written by: Katie Moore 28.05.20