As you’ll know from your weekend lie-ins, nothing beats a good long sleep. Smoothies and sun salutations aside, the most effective route to wellbeing costs nothing at all. Shakespeare called sleep the “chief nourisher of life’s feast”, and he was right: it nourishes the mind and body better than anything else.
Ever found yourself forgetting things when you’re tired? Feeling run down, irritable, stressed or hungry? Perhaps you’re only a few hours into your day and already craving a nap? We’ve all been there, and no one feels quite their best selves going without regular, high quality sleep.
Good sleep is important. You’d think we’d be better at prioritizing it and knowing how to get better sleep. But life gets in the way. The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours a night— now that’s a lot less than the 19.9 hours brown bats need! Even so, a third of Americans aren’t meeting their sleep quota. For screen-obsessed teenagers, it’s even worse: 97% aren’t sleeping enough. It’s a trend that’s bad not just for our bodies, but for our banks: sleep deprivation costs the US $411 billion a year.
A solid bedtime routine can help you get the zzzs you need. Don’t break the bank on an expensive weighted blanket, sunlight simulator or sleep spray. A sleep time tea, long hot soak or walk round the block may be the natural sleep aid you need, and have you drifting off in no time.