You might think that this is a strange topic for a Style and Image Training Company to discuss…after all we usually discuss colour and style…but sleep?
Sleep is important for many reasons. Health is directly affected by a lack of sleep and ultimately can cause depression. It can also contribute to Type 11 diabetes and a greater risk of heart disease and stroke.
Sleep deprivation even over a short time, affects concentration, productivity and performance.
So if you haven’t been sleeping well, you may find that your concentration wanders as you read your training notes. Of course, when you are studying the mind is often full of ideas and you can easily go to bed with a head that’s whirring and find it difficult to switch off. This is also true when you are setting up a new business.
On the other hand, good sleep has been shown to improve problem-solving skills and enhance memory performance in both children and adults.
So by following a few simple steps you may find that you get a better nights sleep or that you wake feeling more rested and ready to start again the next day.
Do make sure not to study too late into the night and please remember if you are reading your coursework on an ipad or computer that the blue light will not help you to sleep. There has been a lot publicised about this recently so I’m sure you’ll be familiar with trying to turn off phones and computers a few hours before you go to bed.
A warm shower before bed can help to wind down and there a number of relaxing bath and shower creams that can be used to help you feel sleepy, as well as essential oils such as lavender.
Its also important to be comfortable in bed. To have the right type of pillow for your sleeping position and a duvet or blankets that keep you cosy but not too hot. If you do wake up try not to lie in bed worrying that you are not sleeping – you could find it helps to get up and make a warm drink. Although just lying quietly in bed will give you some rest.
Today celebrates the Festival of Sleep. Hope you get a good night! Zzzzzzzz…..
PS there are a few more ideas on our sister website imaginationonline.co.uk in an article “Sleep…how to sleep soundly”.