Ciao! Today we will be discussing our favorite thing to do, SLEEP! Here at GiNO, we think that sleep is just as important as our quality sleep products. The reason we are able to function each day is highly dependent on the amount of sleep we get. It is essential to get the right amount of sleep and make sure you are getting sleep in general, in order to take care of your body and mind.
The two topics we will be focusing on are how much sleep should you get, and why is sleep important!
Bene let’s begin!
How much sleep is the right amount?
For some of us, we would be considered the sleepy dwarf from snow white! However, oversleeping or sleeping frequently during the day is not as healthy or good for you as you may think. Getting little to no sleep frequently is also not a habit you should get into. So, if sleeping too much and too little is not the right amount, then what is?
Well, the right amount of sleep is seven to nine hours! As you grow older your sleep needs to change in order for your body to properly rest and prepare you for the next day. For example, a newborn needs 14 to 17 hours of sleep, but a teen or adult could range from a healthy seven to nine hours. Even though the sound of getting eight hours of sleep seems simple, our busy and unexpected lives could potentially get in the way of that. However, creating a consistent sleep schedule and nighttime routine will help you achieve these hours each day!
Ways to make sure you reach eight hours:
- Get into bed at a reasonable time each day, that leaves you enough room to rest for the eight hours without feeling restless
- Create a nighttime routine that can help your body adjust to your sleeping schedule. The routine can include reading a book before bed, listening to music, meditation, or a hot cup of soothing nighttime tea!
- Create a sleep journal to track how much sleep you have been getting. This can be a powerful tool to use because you will then be able to see what areas you need to work on, and what you have to adjust within your daily sleeping schedule. You will also then be able to see what days leave you with less sleep compared to others, so you can potentially change that for yourself.
- Making sure you are maintaining your sleep hygiene. If you want to learn more about this be sure to check out our previous blog where we go over the do’s and don’ts in order to have the perfect sleep hygiene which leads to a good night’s rest.
Without the eight hours of sleep, you could potentially feel sleep-deprived, this is a topic we will get into more during this blog!
Why is sleep important
Besides the fact that sleep is comforting and allows us to shut our eyes and take a break to just simply ~ do nothing ~, there are so many essential reasons why sleep is vital for our everyday lives!
Sleep is a way your body can recharge. Just like our phones, for example, they can’t run properly unless they are changed frequently. For us, our body needs and DESERVES to rest, after all, it is why we are functioning every day.
Before a big event, game, or exam, you are probably used to making sure you get a good night’s sleep. This is because your body is more productive and focused when you had the time to rest the full required hours.
In fact, your body is less likely to gain weight if you get the proper amount of sleep. You would be gaining more Zzzz’z than weight, and your body tends to improve good bacteria which helps with your digestion! Amazing right? While sleep physically helps your body stay healthy, it also helps mentally. With enough sleep, you can wake up feeling like sunshine; but with lack of sleep, your mood might be off and it could be hard to process your emotions in the way you normally would.
Speaking of lack of sleep, let’s get into the signs of being sleep deprived:
If you are getting less than eight hours of sleep each night frequently, you might be sleep-deprived, and the idea of feeling “widely awake” might be something you can’t remember anymore.
Here is a list that can help you diagnose if you are sleep deprived, and not to worry, we will also go over ways to fix this issue 😊 As always, GiNO’s got your back from comfy mattresses to healthy sleeping tips!
Let’s get started:
- You get tired and drowsy after heavy meals, or when you are doing physical activities, such as driving.
- You frequently if not always hit the snooze button. (We have all been there, but if it is a constant habit, it means you did not get the proper sleep in order to function well when it is time to wake up!)
- You feel the need to take naps during the day (if you nap more during the day, your body will not be able to rest properly at night!)
- You feel weak and tired during the day
- You end up falling asleep while reading a book or watching TV at night
- You wake up with a mood instead of feeling refreshed
Now before any freakouts, let’s move on to the list of what you can do, in order to prevent sleep deprivation.
- Get you eight hours of sleep
- Exercise for at least 20-30 minutes each day to get your body moving
- Avoid heavy meals and caffeinated drinks close to bedtime
- Get enough sunlight exposure when possible
- If you have been trying to prevent this or improve your sleep but have not seen results, talking to your doctor would be a great way to get down to the problem
The most important thing is to make sure you are taking care of yourself and giving your body everything it needs to keep shining! Sleep is vital, and I hope you all get the chance to have the needed amount of rest each day! As always GiNO is here to answer any questions you may have.
Buona notte e sogni d’oro from yours truly