Self-care has been a buzz word for quite some time now and I regularly write about the importance of making time for Self a priority. Self-Care stories is the prompt for #lifethisweek over at Denyse Whelan Blog .
When I think of Self-Care and what should be on my priority list one area that came to mind and which many of us struggle with is SLEEP. We probably don’t put that at the top of the Self-care list but getting a good night’s sleep is just as important to our health as eating well, moving more and staying hydrated.
You need sleep so your mind and body can function.
How do you sleep? Do you sleep deeply or do you toss and turn and wake up feeling just as tired as when you went to bed?
61% of women who are post menopausal experience frequent bouts of insomnia
On average, around 12 percent of women experience sleep complaints. As women age into their late 40s to early 50s, that number increases dramatically to 40 percent. Sleep issues become more common and worsen during perimenopause to postmenopause, when women report the most sleep problems.Healthline – Is there a connection between menopause and insomnia?
Issues resulting from poor sleep
- Increase in memory and attention problems
- Greater risk of heart disease, stroke and other chronic illness. Sleep affects processes that keep your heart and blood vessels healthy and affects your blood sugar, blood pressure, and inflammation levels. It also plays a vital role in your body’s ability to heal and repair the blood vessels and heart.
- Our mood is affected if we are tired we feel sluggish, irritable and even depressed
How to get a good night’s sleep
I don’t sleep well, and have never slept well throughout my life. It is definitely an area of my life that I really struggle with. So I would be interested to hear any tips you might have for a good night’s sleep.
In the meantime, I found this video with 13 science backed tips to fall and stay asleep which I wanted to share with you.