A room at Studley Castle.

Get enough sleep and rest

Proper rest is vital in achieving optimum health and wellbeing and enhancing our immune system, memory and mood. We should be spending around a third of our lives sleeping so it’s important to know how to do it well, especially when current times may mean high stress levels and difficulty in winding down.

But just how much is enough?

The National Sleep Foundation state that seven to nine hours of sleep a night is recommended for adults. However, it is believed that 30-50% of the population is currently affected by acute insomnia. That’s an awful lot of us suffering from signs of exhaustion and feeling frustrated and irrationally emotional.

What may be the cause?

  • Stress
  • No regular rest or relaxation practices
  • Too much blue light
  • Liver issues
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Sleep apnea
  • Medications
  • Hormonal imbalances

Simple changes can make the world of difference. Why not try

  • Reducing blue light exposure from technology at night
  • Avoiding stimulants in the afternoon and alcohol
  • Not over sleeping
  • Consistent waking and sleep times
  • More exercise
  • Yoga or meditation
  • Drinking herbal tea

Another way to dramatically improve wellbeing is to take time to truly rest

  • Take time away from anything that stimulates the senses
  • Avoid feelings of becoming overwhelmed with emotion
  • Don’t allow multiple thoughts to overlap
  • Relax the entire body
  • Take more time for yourself outside of work and commitments
  • Don’t over commit to too many things, learn to say no when needed
  • Incorporate restorative practices into your day such as yoga or meditation
  • And, lastly, take time to do the things you enjoy the most in life!

Wellbeing breaks with Carlie Barlow

Carlie says: ‘I like to live by the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time look after your mind, your body and your emotions. Then for that other 20% you can enjoy the cake, have that glass of wine or stay up late because you have built a strong foundation.’