Did you know that hitting the sack before midnight can dramatically improve your personal wellbeing? Simply raising nightly sleep from six to seven hours could lift your satisfaction with life, a study of national wellbeing reveals.
“Sleep closely correlates to people’s overall wellbeing,” says the report’s lead author Robert Cummins, head of Deakin University’s Australian Centre on Quality of Life. “Those who sleep six hours a night report significantly lower levels of satisfaction with their health and safety, which are linked to higher anxiety. This in turn can cause, or be caused by, a lack of sleep,” Professor Cummins says.
But don’t stay in your PJ’s too long – the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index survey also found that sleeping 10 hours or more a night was associated with lower than normal wellbeing. As with most things in life, it’s all about finding the right balance.
3 tips to zzzzz:
1. Introduce a nightly buffer zone to prepare your body for bed. Read, listen to relaxing music, have a cup of chamomile tea, spritz some lavender oil on your pillow, or try an aromatherapy pulse point roll-on that promotes rest and relaxation.
2. Leave your mobile phone in the living room. The bed is for sleeping (and having sex!), not for social media explorations.
3. Talking about sex… Can you think of a better way to end the day? The release of the cuddle chemicals oxytocin and vasopressin doesn’t only make you bond with your partner, but is also a great way to sink into dreamland…