You snooze you lose – #NationalBedMonth

Are you coping with 2015 so far? If not then March is going to be the month for you. March is #NationalBedMonth. Maybe you should think about giving your bed an MOT or even a lie in once a week and put off the early morning cleaning.

Did you know that it’s unhealthy for your body if you don’t get enough hours of sleep during the week. You need at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. If you have a comfortable bed then your can improve your sleeping time by 42 minutes every night. Visit and give your bed an MOT this month.zzzz

Not getting enough sleep at night can take a toll on your work load. One of the main strategies for gaining a good night’s sleep is to stick to your natural sleep cycle. If you go to sleep everyday night at roughly the same time then getting up in the morning won’t feel like a chore. If you stick to a routine when you have to wake up you will feel as fresh as a daisy.

If you struggle to get to sleep or you wake up regularly in the middle of the night and start tossing and turning then maybe you should think about getting a new bed or following our tips to improve your sleeping pattern.

Improving your sleeping pattern:

  1. Read before you get into bed or when you’re in bed. It will help you relax
  2. Switch off all electronic products before bedtime such as iPhones, iPads, laptops and many other electronic products that may interfere with your sleep due to the blue light they let off making it harder for you to fall asleep
  3. Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks before bed time such as tea, coffee, coke and energy drinks
  4. Don’t eat 30 minutes before you get into bed as it can stop you from sleeping through the whole night and waking up in the middle of the night feeling hungry
  5. Only go to sleep when you’re actually tired and you feel yourself drifting off, you will get a better night’s sleep and will not wake up during the night
  6. Keep your fluids up, don’t go to bed dehydrated as you will more than likely wake up in a bad mood or with a pounding headache as you aren’t keeping your body hydrated
  7. Stick to a routine. Go to sleep nearly every day at the same time. This will set your internal body clock
  8. Go for an early morning run when you wake up. You’ll find you won’t be nodding off to sleep during the middle of the day
  9. Don’t have a clock that you can stare at, you’ll be constantly clock watching. Set an alarm to wake up to if you struggle waking up on time every day for work
  10. Don’t nap during the day, it will disrupt your natural body clock thinking it’s your bed time. Only go to sleep when it’s actually bed time. But if you need to have a nap during the day make sure it’s before five before it starts to get dark. If it is dark when you’re napping your natural body clock will initially think it’s time to go to sleep

Do you find it hard to stop working once your shift has finished? Do you still continue to finish off work as soon as you get home? If so, this could result in your becoming sleep deprived before you know it’s even hit you. If you don’t allow yourself enough sleep each night you could become very ill and your work load will start piling up if you’re ill due to the overload of work.

Sleep isn’t debt, we can’t just pay it off at the weekend. We have to have a balanced rest every night throughout the whole week. You can’t catch up on sleep at the weekend and think your tiredness and lack of sleep will disappear if you stay in bed all day on Saturday or Sunday, it can take weeks, even months to regain your natural sleeping pattern. It’s not something you can change overnight. Your body will automatically start to feel drained and run down if you don’t have enough sleep.

If you stay up till early hours in the morning to complete work and rely on sugar and caffeinated drinks to keep you ticking over then your waist line could start to suffer. Your blood sugars will drop and you will start to put on weight, especially if you aren’t very active at work, sitting down at your desk all day and not getting up can cause serious health problems.

Don’t let down your guard for your immune system it will find it a lot harder to fight off flu like symptoms or the smallest virus. If you’re getting 8 hours of sleep a night you will fight off a cold or virus in no time but if you only allow your body to have 7 or less then it could take over one week to get rid of it. Always put your health first and not work deadlines.

How do you know you’re sleep deprived?

  1. Feeling the need to sleep in till lunch time on the weekends
  2. Having to rely on an alarm to wake up
  3. Dozing off during the day
  4. Getting restless and sleepy once you’ve ate your lunch or a large meal
  5. Struggling to get to sleep past 12 o’clock at night
  6. Going to sleep as soon as you get home from work every day
  7. Falling asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow
  8. Lack of concentration, motivation, energy and memory loss problems
  9. Getting moody or agitated easily by the smallest things
  10. Increased appetite

Are you someone that regularly spills your milk or cereal all over the kitchen floor in the morning? Fear no more. Lie back, relax and take an extra forty winks this month for #NationalBedMonth.

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