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For over 21 years Sissel has recognised that sleep is an important factor in life. Poor sleep patterns effect not only the recovery from injury but impinge on one's social and working life. There are several simple remedies to improve your sleep cycle and produce the relaxed, restful sleep required for a healthy life style. Sleep is essential for our mental and physical health, during the night the brain processes the day's experiences and the body strengthens the immune system, cell growth is stimulated, tissue regeneration and recovery is enhanced.
Here are a few hints and tips on how to improve your sleep.
the sleep environment
darkness and silence
hide the alarm clock
no electronic games
maximum temperature 18°C
no fashion items
over stuffed pillows
preparing for sleep
play electronic games - adrenaline
watch TV - adrenaline
coffee - caffeine is a stimulant
Coke, Pepsi or energy drinks - caffeine
exercise - adrenaline
eat a "heavy" meal which will remain part digested
do eat a snack, all the foods listed below containing tryptophan (amino acid) a precursor of serotonin (hormone) associated with a feeling of well being
alcohol will make you drowsy and feel tired but the sleep associated with alcohol is restless, fitful and often accompanied with snoring all of which prevent the restful sleep you need
adopt a regular "going to bed" regime and time, a set time will help the "body clock" regulate the time the body starts to feel sleepy, making it easy to fall a sleep