The need for sleep

September 13, 2017

 

A pondering today prompted by a fascinating article in The Guardian which looks at the need for teachers to make sleep a priority. The article is here for those who are interested;

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/sep/12/why-teachers-should-make-sleep-a-priority

 

So, this got me to thinking. How many of us actually feel we are getting enough sleep? Not many I'm sure, but how many of us actually take active steps to help improve the quality and duration of our sleep?

It's kind of easier said than done, isn't it? We all have that one annoying friend who boastfully states that they sleep like a log every night, falling asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow. In reality these lucky people are few and far between.

Sleep deprivation affects us emotionally, psychologically and physically, leaving us feeling muddled, zoned out and unable to function on the most basic of levels.

So, what can we do to improve our sleep? Well, the Sleep Council has a lovely 7 step guide to help us all achieve a better nights sleep. Their website can be found here but from my point of view their most interesting tip involves relaxation and other therapies. Though Reflexology isn't mentioned specifically it can certainly help. The stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system which Reflexology provides can aid relaxation, which in turn promotes restful sleep. When coupled with the other tips given by the Sleep Council we might all be able to get a better nights sleep!

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