We all want to wake up feeling refreshed, but research shows we find it hardest on one night of the week in particular.
When it comes to maintaining our overall health, there aren’t many things more important than sleep. Sleep not only helps repair and rest our bodies, but also improves our memory and even helps us improve our learning. However, one study has found that there’s a particular day of the week that we find hard to crack – a day when insomnia bites for many of us.
Sunday is the day of restlessness…
Meditation and sleep experts Calm recently conducted a survey through YouGov which polled over four thousand American and British participants. The results were clear, and Sunday produces the highest number of restless nights by far.
In fact, the survey found that 46% of those asked admitted to having trouble sleeping on a Sunday night. This is a staggering 29% higher than the next worst night for insomnia, Monday (17%).
Which night gives us the best sleep?
Saturday and Wednesday were both tied for third place with 9% of people admitting restless nights, followed by Tuesday with 8%, Friday with 7% and Thursday in last place with only 5%. This makes Thursday the night that produces the lowest level of insomnia.
So what is the explanation for these results? It could well be down to the nature of the modern working week. Sunday night leaves us anxious about the full week ahead, whereas by Thursday the weekend is in sight, most of the work is done and you’re beginning to wind down.
So if you tuck yourself in on a Sunday worried about the week to come, what can you do to sleep better?
Improving your sleep quality?
Ditch the devices
The rise of smartphones has had a huge impact on the way we sleep . . . unfortunately for the worse. These devices are particularly bad for sleep as not only do they expose us to harsh light, but they also keep our brains wired with a constant flow of information that makes it difficult to switch off and fall asleep.
Aim to stop using your device at least an hour before you actually hit the hay. Try reading to get your brain tuned in for rest or, even better, meditate before bed to help you wind down.
Dim the lights
Light plays an important role in our ability to sleep. Lots of light releases the hormone serotonin in our bodies. This is our natural happy, energy-filled drug. It’s great for getting you moving in the morning, but not so great when you’re trying to relax before bed.
Darkness, on the other hand, releases the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is the opposite of serotonin: it tells your body that it’s time to relax and go to bed. That’s why you should enjoy your evening in low, muted light and avoid bright screens before bed.
Have a caffeine curfew
Caffeine releases energy which can make us feel more awake. It might sound obvious, but many of us still enjoy a cup of coffee in the evening. Instead, try replacing your evening coffee with herbal tea. Camomile is particularly good for helping our bodies prepare for sleep.
Get out and about during the day
Getting a healthy dose of serotonin during the day helps your body unwind later on, so get outside and enjoy the great outdoors at some point over the weekend. Exercise helps too, whether it’s a run, an outdoor workout class or even just a Sunday afternoon walk.
Invest in a quality mattress
They say it’s a poor workman who blames their tools, but sometimes a bad night’s sleep is the fault of your bed rather than you. Sleep is absolutely vital to our overall health, so a high-quality mattress is an important investment that your body will thank you for.
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