The countdown to Christmas has officially begun (yay!) which means that it’s time to get your party on! Whether you’re heading to the annual work do or you’re planning on meeting up with friends and family this season, one thing is for sure – there will be one or two late nights on the cards. But it doesn’t have to end in exhaustion and overindulgence.
Sleeping on a flight is not an easy task. From the uncomfortable seats to annoying seat neighbours, it can often feel as though the universe is conspiring against you as you desperately try to drift off. The downside of this, of course, is that it can worsen jet lag symptoms the other end as well as landing you with a hefty sleep debt.
When it comes to our health, getting enough sleep is as important as eating properly and exercising. But with more than a third of the UK population experiencing trouble with getting to sleep it can sometimes be a battle to get the balance right.
Fatigue from restless nights, working shift patterns and jetlag can lead to an inability to keep up a regular workout routine. This lack of exercise in turn impacts on the ability to sleep properly and a vicious cycle occurs. This is because physical activity is proven to have a positive impact on sleep, promoting sleep efficiency and reducing the time it takes to get to sleep.
So, what happens when we work out in the evening?
As temperatures continue to plummet and frosty mornings and frozen windscreens greet us with each new day, it is safe to say that winter is officially on its way. The temptation to hide under a duvet and hibernate until spring tends to kick in around now, but did you know that this is because our sleep patterns are affected by the colder weather?
With the colder seasons well and truly underway, homes around the country are turning up the central heating and snuggling around cosy fires to keep warm. But, during the night our bodies need to cool down so that we can get good quality sleep so leaving the heating on can often mean that we end up restless and sleep deprived.
If you are known to hit the snooze button one too many times, then it might be that sleeping in is doing you more harm than good.