Trouble sleeping? Why getting enough zzz is so important

In today’s fast-paced, constantly connected world, anyone would think it would be easy to drift off when it comes to hitting your pillow. However, getting the mind and body to slow down and switch off after a long, busy day can be challenging – meaning endless hours of tossing and turning throughout the night. If this sounds like you – you’re not alone! As many as 16 million adults in the UK are suffering with sleepless nights, with a third of these saying they have insomnia.

Quality sleep is the foundation both our physical and mental health, affecting everything from our skin to our weight, to our job and relationships. As the ultimate reset button, sleep gives our body the time to heal, recover and discharge stress. After just one night of bad sleep, we tend to experience changes in mood, headaches, hormone imbalances and we often see a negative effect in our cognitive ability, concentration and memory. Plus, long-term sleep deprivation can lead to more serious problems than just nodding off at your desk; linked with a long list of health issues and diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and dementia.

So, as one of the most fundamental acts of self-care, how many hours sleep is enough? 8 hours is often advised, but as a nation, our average sleep time is just 6.8hrs each night. A study from the US National Sleep Foundation revealed the optimum sleeping time is unique to our bodies and time of life, concluding that ideal hours are 7-9 for adults.

If a good night’s rest is few and far between for you, get to the root of it with our ‘Sleep Well’ workshop coming up on Sunday 25 November! Even ‘good sleepers’ are welcome to explore and learn simple techniques for better sleep and deep rest. You’ll learn a combination of techniques from meditation, somatic movement and yoga nidra, enabling you to take home practical skills to prepare your mind and body for sleep and deep rest. Plus, you’ll also discover how journaling and sleep hygiene can support you towards optimal rest.

Sound like you could benefit? Book before the 4th November to get our early bird offer!

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