Why is sleep so important for our wellbeing?

Sleep blog heading

At some point each of us will experience that feeling of lying in bed unable to sleep, whether it be as soon as we get into bed or if we wake in the middle of the night and are unable to drop back off. ‘A sleepless night is as long as a year’ is a Chinese proverb that we can all probably identify with and it is important that we take steps to help ourselves to get the best sleep we can, for the sake of our health and wellbeing.

Sleep allows our body to repair itself and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. Without a good night sleep we can feel groggy, irritable and have a lack of energy. Poor sleep is also linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.[1]

Sleep hygiene

Many people can benefit from improving the quality of their sleep. The phrase sleep hygiene is often used to describe how lifestyle and environmental factors can affect our sleep. Positive sleep hygiene may help to improve sleep quality.

According to the MHF Sleep Report[2] the environment of our bed and bedroom can either help or hinder sleep; much depends on our own preferences. The obvious factors are noise, light, temperature and ventilation. Most of us prefer to sleep in a quiet environment. Earplugs may be useful for blocking out external noise although they do tend to amplify the body’s own internal noises which may be distracting.

Too much light can inhibit sleep since it affects melatonin levels; eye masks may be helpful. Room temperature is important, neither too cold nor too hot, although the ideal room temperature will vary from person to person. Ventilation can be improved by opening the window, although this is likely to alter the temperature and make the room noisier. It is important to feel comfortable in the bedroom environment, including selecting the right mattresses and pillows. People may need to experiment with all these factors until they find the ideal balance.

Sleep hygiene practices, such as those mentioned above, may help people improve their sleep quality, along with reducing caffeine in the evening, taking regular exercise and avoiding looking at phone/television screens just before getting into bed.

Nikken offers the Naturest® Sleep System that contains a range of products the may be beneficial to your sleep hygiene.

  1. Naturest Kenkopad® – A non-allergenic latex mattress topper that molds to your body’s contours and may improve your comfort and support.
  2. KenkoDream® Quilt – The ceramic coated fibres may help maintain a constant temperature.
  3. Naturest® Pillow – Fully adjustable by removing or adding filler, the breathable cover may help to regulate your temperature, keeping you confortable.
  4. Kenko Power Sleep® Mask – Made of soft breathable fabric, blocking out light may help improve your sleep at home or when traveling or working nightshifts.

Discover more about this range: http://www.nikkenwellbeing.co.uk/p/kenkodream-quilt.html

[1] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk
[2] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/sleep-report

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5 Ways to a Healthy Mind

“A mind free from the distractions of physical discomfort or financial concern can allow a person to live up to their greatest potential. A healthy mind offers emotional balance and wellbeing, benefiting us personally as well as our family and friends.”

And so we’ve arrived at the 2nd pillar – Healthy Mind, which is a key component to leading a healthy and happy life, so in this post we’ve outlined 5 ways to a healthy mind.

1) Personal Development

It can be a daunting experience stepping out of your comfort zone, but once you do, you’ll feel better for it.

Once out of that comfort zone, you’ll find you’ll be able to communicate with others more effectively, even in larger groups of people. Taking that one step will make the consequent steps easier to overcome.

Having personal awareness is important too; you need to understand your own opinions, attitude and knowledge before you know where it is you want to be and what your personal goals are.

Of course personal development and building various skills doesn’t come easy, it requires patience and practice – “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Persistence will pay off in the end, reaching goals requires you to take a ‘never give up’ attitude; a key piece of advice that many of our Consultants have shared.

Personal development helps to contribute to the realisation of your dreams and aspirations. Nikken will give you all the support that you need to succeed but it is you that defines your own success. Nikken’s ‘Humans Being More’ training events help to build upon all of these personal development aspects. ‘Humans Being More’ is a unique personal development training course, designed to enhance your communication skills, understand your values and develop your potential.

2) Managing Time and Money Effectively

There’ll be more of ‘healthy finances’ in our 5th pillar of health blog post in the New Year but, keeping on top of your finances, and managing your time effectively ensures that you are making the most out of your life, making you feel content, and your mind healthy.

 

If done right, those worries that we all have from time to time regarding our finances and how we’re spending our days will disappear. Keep to-do lists to stay on top of things, vary your days with different activities and tasks, prioritise your workload and, of course, set aside time to relax and have some YOU time. Having a specific routine (that isn’t boring) will ensure that you’re focused for the day ahead, happier and more productive.

3) Life-long Learning

Throughout our lives we are constantly learning new things – embrace this and learn as much as possible. Constant learning exercises our brains, keeping it active, reinforcing memory and information processing.

Take notice and be aware of everything around you and enjoy the moment (whatever that moment may be). Maybe you could set new learning goals – why not aim to learn one new thing a day, or take up a new hobby? Ask yourself: What have I always wanted to do? For example, learn a new language.

Love learning… As Robert Kiyosaki (Investor, Entrepreneur, Financial Education Advocate and Bestselling Author of the Rich Dad Poor Dad series) said: ‘Education would be so powerful if it was about the love of learning, NOT the fear of failing.’

4) Use Your Knowledge

So you’ve learnt a lot, built on your own skills that you’ve developed over time, now what do you do with the bank of knowledge that you’ve gained? If you’re constantly utilising the skills and knowledge that you’ve taken the time to learn, then you will become more efficient at carrying out tasks and are also less likely to forget all of what you’ve learned.

Share your knowledge with others, for example all of the knowledge you have about Nikken and Nikken products!

5) Love, Laugh, Live

Is laughter the best medicine? Well, maybe not literally but laughing can help you to de-stress and feel much happier!

Spend more time with family and friends – meet new people and network (which is a benefit that being part of Direct Selling provides!). Give your free time and love to others, they’ll appreciate it and you’ll feel good about making others feel good; a positive snowball effect!

Of course there are many more ways in which we can keep our minds healthy and alert for instance; getting a good night’s sleep, keeping hydrated and exercising the brain through puzzle-solving. 

What are your top tips to maintain a ‘healthy mind?’

Many thanks to our followers and readers,

The Digital Team @ Nikken Europe.