The Importance of a Good Forty Winks

A good night’s sleep can be a real game-changer.

That elusive fully rested sensation after a full forty winks is one of the best feelings in the world and with good reason!

Sleep is one of the most important recovery mechanisms available to our body and getting consistent high-quality sleep can be very beneficial to our health and wellness.

In the midst of this global pandemic, it super important now more than ever that we look after our health in whatever way we can and sleep is a big piece of that puzzle.

For some of us, our daily routines have been completely thrown out of whack and restoring our regular sleeping patterns can help us start to reclaim some of that routine and sense of normality.

In this blog, we will go over some of the reasons why we need to manage our sleep properly and how we can do this.

Hopefully by the end of this piece you will have a better idea of how to set yourself up for the best chance a full night's sleep every time you hit the hay!

(DISCLAIMER: If you have young children that intentionally wake you up multiple times a night, then I apologise in advance, as unfortunately there is absolutely nothing I can do for you haha!!!)

To dig a little bit deeper ....

A review in 2012 (Luyster et al., 2012) highlighted the importance of sleep for our health and explained in detail how deficient sleep patterns can negatively affect our health in a variety of ways.

To give some background, sleep is divided into two distinct phases: Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and Non-REM sleep (NREM).

During a full night’s sleep, the body will alternate between the two phases over four to six different cycles, with each lasting 90-110 minutes.

NREM sleep is essentially our deeper, more restful stage of sleeping, which itself is broken into three stages. Without getting into too much detail here, we experience a deeper, more restorative sleep as we move through these stages.