Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
Struggling To Sleep? Here’s The Solution.
Very few of us get as much sleep as we’d like. As an example…. In Great Britain, a recent survey by the UK Mental Health Foundation highlighted that 30% of UK citizens class themselves as severely sleep deprived.
There’s no denying that we’re living in stressful times, with people working longer hours than ever, having more demanding jobs, spending less time at home and juggling multiple proprieties within an increasingly small window of ‘free’ time. It’s little wonder, then, that time dedicated to sleep continues to fall by the wayside.
And that’s all before we even consider the quality of sleep we experience once we do finally hit the sack, with things like late-night work email monitoring, not having the chance to eat until late and the endless temptation on Netflix and smartphones impacting on the quality of our sleep. Anyone who has tried out a sleep analysis app on their smartphone will certainly have had an eye-opening experience seeing just how much time spent in bed is taken up by decent quality, restorative sleep.
Getting enough sleep, however, is crucial to how we function day-to-day. Sleep is the time our brains and bodies can relax and restore, undertaking essential restorative work. It’s little surprise, then, that sleep deprivation causes bad moods and poorer brain function, but is also linked to more serious mental illness like anxiety and depression, and severely impacts our ability to stay mentally and emotionally balanced, as well as maintain productivity and hit our goals throughout the day.
So How Can You Make Sure You’re Getting The Sleep You Need?
Setting a cut-off time from TV and other screens an hour before bed can help, as well as ensuring that your bedroom is a suitable temperature and dark. Not eating heavy meals after 8pm and being careful when you drink caffeine and alcohol also play a part, and things like taking a hot bath can also effectively prepare the body for the sleep ritual. Making sure you get a decent amount of exercise throughout the day can help, too, as can trying to mitigate stress levels as much as possible.
Nootropics Can Help
But there’s a less likely option, too – nootropics, commonly taken to boost the brain and support a range of essential functions like mental energy, focus, memory, learning and more, are also often linked to improved sleep and sleep quality.
Vitamin B6 and GABA are known to help you fall asleep faster, while Lions Mane and L-Tyrosine help to reduce sleep preventing anxiety. L-Theanine and Huperzine A, finally, help increase REM to ensure a more restful, quality sleep.
What’s more, many nootropics work to naturally help increase the levels of essential ‘feel good’ hormones like dopamine and serotonin.
These help naturally raise positive moods and help us better deal with stressful situations day-to-day. And the less stressed we feel when we get back from work or school, the less interrupted our sleep is likely to be. It’s a win-win!
Sleep is crucial to the way our bodies function, so take care to ensure you’re getting your six to eight hours a night. And while you’re at it, why not throw a nootropic into the mix as well? One word of caution, though – there’s a huge amount of nootropics out there, so make sure you take the time to find out which one’s right for you and your lifestyle.