According to a survey, the average Briton gets just six hours and 19 minutes sleep a night.
In today’s society, many of us hold busy lives and hectic work schedules. This leaves many of us feeling stressed and not getting the recommended eight hours of sleep.
The poll of 2,000 UK adults also found that the nation get their eight hours just twice a week, with 38% stating they never achieve that amount. The most common reasons for this are technology, a lack of exercise and eating late.
Establishing a regular and healthy sleep pattern is the same as learning to play a musical instrument, or how to drive a car. It requires repetition and commitment.
Whether you want to get eight hours in and fall asleep at ten, or six will suffice and you opt for a midnight bedtime – consistency is the key. Here are six useful tips that can help you establish a regular sleeping pattern:
Treat yourself to a nap
The Telegraph published research by Greek researchers which found that a ‘60 to 90 minute siesta can charge up the brain’s batteries as much as eight hours tucked up in bed.”
What’s more, the researchers found that napping could ‘reduce blood pressure and stave off heart attacks’.
So contrary to the conception that napping makes you lazy, it could, in fact, benefit your health.
On top of the research, there are plenty of examples of successful figures who incorporated napping into their day:
Establishing a regular sleeping pattern is a solid step towards leading a healthy lifestyle.