Like it or not, we spend a third of our life sleeping. It helps rejuvenate our bodies and minds, and has a big impact on the other two thirds of our lives that we spend awake. So, why do we often forget the importance of a good night’s sleep?
In today’s fast-moving world, people tend to get less and worse-quality of sleep. In the UK alone, more than 60% of adults suffer from the effects of disrupted sleep. Having sleepless nights is often an overlooked issue, as there’s a collective perception that while we’d like to sleep for longer, it’s not exactly necessary. However, the reality is that a good night’s sleep can work wonders for your mental and physical well-being, as well as your eye health.
Why can’t I sleep?
Insomnia can have multiple causes and occur with varying intensity. If we exclude causes such as depression and health conditions, or the use of substances such as alcohol, drugs and smoking, in most cases it depends on common psychological factors such as bad habits, anxiety and stress.
If these causes sound all too familiar, don’t fear: it only takes a few actions and a bit of willpower to start enjoying a good night’s sleep starting tonight.
How much sleep do I need?
You will have heard it a thousand times from your parents, your grandparents or even experts on TV: you need those all-important 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. This is correct, but there are also individual factors to keep in mind.
The time it takes to fall into deeper sleep can vary from person to person, both in terms of your natural body clock, but also your lifestyle. So you need to pay attention to how your body functions to find out how much rest is good for you. For example, if you wear monthly lenses but feel like your solution routine is taking up a lot of your time, switching to daily contact lenses would benefit you. It’s all about being in tune with yourself - once you understand that, you’ll instantly reap the rewards of a good night’s sleep.
No need for sleeping pills or unhealthy shortcuts: most of the time, changing your lifestyle by introducing some good habits is all you need to improve your sleeping habits. What are the factors that increase the chances of sleeping well? We’ve put together a few tips to help you rediscover the true meaning of a good night’s sleep.