We should never underestimate the importance of sleep on our health and wellbeing.
When we’re thinking about ways to improve our health, sleep can sometimes get left behind as we become preoccupied with green juices and HIIT classes – but it’s vital that we prioritise our sleep if we want to be healthy.
The majority of people I meet who are struggling with their mental health also experience chronic sleep problems and that isn’t a coincidence. Sleep impacts the functioning of almost every system and organ in the human body including our immune system, hormones, psychological functioning, digestive system and the list goes on!
Some people can sleep really well in pretty much any situation – but for most of us we have to be pro-active in finding ways to support our body to sleep well.
In future posts, I’m going to be thinking about practical things we can do to improve our sleep – this is known as “sleep hygiene” and is really important to reap all the benefits associated with good sleep.