Why Getting a Good Night’s Sleep is Important

Getting a good night’s sleep is important because it sets a precedent for the rest of the day.

Have you noticed that when you’ve had a bad night’s sleep you become easily agitated and then as it comes to bedtime, you find yourself unable to calm your mind? This is often referred to as the ‘viscous cycle’, it doesn’t always matter which came first, but bad sleeping habits can feed into low mood which in turn makes us more stressed and then falling asleep becomes much harder.

When we are stressed our bodies release a hormone called cortisol, usually this is to help us deal with these situations. However, when these levels get too high they can actually become a contributor to stress, high blood pressure, weight gain and sleep problems.

Getting better quality sleep can help to regulate these levels as some research suggests. But what can we do to get better sleep?

Click the images below to discover how each of the following can affect your sleep and some advice on how to make changes