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The importance of sleeping habits during quarantine

 

The global pandemic has impacted our lives and drastically changed our lifestyles, including our sleeping habits. From shifting to a work from home setup, luxury home services, and deliveries, to almost no outside world contact, our bodies have had to adapt to numerous changes, like our sleeping habits, in order to stay safe during the pandemic. Although it is safer and only right to stay at home as much as possible, doing so has also negatively affected our bodies in more ways than none. With the active aspects of our lives decreasing more and more as time goes by, due to the rise in COVID cases, our mental and overall health are very much suffering. 

 

In this article, we are focusing on the importance of sleeping habits, and how we can better improve them during these difficult times of stress and unrest. It goes without saying that rest is a huge component of our overall health, affecting us mentally and physically. As natural as this may seem, sleeping habits are an aspect in our health that is very much neglected in these technologically advanced and fast paced times. With the global pandemic still affecting the way we live even in the New Normal, the line between work and life is coming to a blur – especially now that we’re still predominantly working from home.

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Good sleeping habits are beneficial for all people of all ages. You should make sure that every member of the family gets adequate sleep every day.

 

In general, the required amount of sleep varies from person to person, depending on the age. As a person ages, they typically require less sleep to function properly. Here are the recommended number of hours of sleep per night, for each age group:

 

Newborns (0–3 months): 14–17 hours

Infants (4–12 months): 12–16 hours

Toddler (1–2 years): 11–14 hours

Preschool (3–5 years): 10–13 hours

School age (6–12 years): 9–12 hours

Teen (13–18 years): 8–10 hours

Adult (18–60 years): 7-plus hours

Adult (61–64 years): 7–9 hours

Adult (65+ years): 7–8 hours

 

If you are sleeping more or less on average than the recommended hours of sleep for your age, it is best you start making healthier lifestyle changes and better sleeping habits in order to maintain good health. Given that most of our lives are spent indoors now, it is the perfect time to make these healthy changes.

 

Good Sleeping Habits Improve Brain Cognitive Functions

 

Concentration, productivity, and performance are brain cognitive functions that affect any work that we may do remotely from home – whether that involves our businesses, our full-time jobs, or simply taking care of our family in our luxury home. Because of this, sleep deprivation is no joke. This is also the reason why pulling an all-nighter before a major exam or an important presentation is highly discouraged.

 

On the other hand, good sleeping habits have been shown to improve problem-solving skills and enhance memory performance of both children and adults. You may think that sleeping turns your entire body off, but your brain works better while you’re dreaming away in your luxury home. It restores itself from the strains your body has received throughout the day, and prepares your body to function at its optimum the very next day. During your slumber, the brain consolidates long-term memory, strengthening neural connections, and also pruning back unwanted ones. The brain clears away toxins while we’re asleep, including the ones associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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Starting your day off stretching after a good night’s sleep is a great way to keep motivated to exercise and stay fit.

 

Practicing Good Sleeping Habits Enhances Physical Capabilities

 

Athletes, especially full-time professional ones, have one thing in common across all sports: routine. Athletes follow a strict routine and diet in order to maintain their performance. The closer to the day of the competition, the stricter the diet and routine becomes. Together with this is the strict sleeping habits that must be maintained. Many athletes wake up before dusk to train first thing in the morning, and sleep quite early so that their bodies can regenerate and muster the energy to repeat the cycle the following day. To prevent any distractions, the athletes’ coaches or personal trainers usually check in on them frequently and ban them from joining late night parties and drinking sessions. It’s the sacrifices that have to be made if you want to be a champion.

 

Longer sleep significantly improves speed, accuracy, reaction times, and mental well-being in athletes. Meanwhile, bad sleeping habits are linked to slower walking, lower grip strength, and greater difficulty performing independent activities. Moreover, for the average joe, the lack of sleep is directly linked to overweight and obesity, and poorer glucose control. In fact, there are several studies that relate sleep-deprivation to mortality.

 

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Studies show that sleeping comfortably with your loved ones improves overall mood and sleep quality.

 

Sleeping Habits Affect Your Mood and Mental Wellbeing

 

It’s no coincidence that whenever you’re running on little to no sleep or have poor sleeping habits, you tend to be moody, irritable, and unmotivated. If you have an existing mental condition, you are also more likely to be triggered on sleepless days. This is because our brain needs to perform its nightly functions in order to balance the hormones affecting moods and emotions. In order for you to handle stress and make objective business decisions, you need to get enough and better sleep.

 

Mental health affects sleep quality as well. Likewise, if you are suffering from anxiety, chances are that you have trouble sleeping on nights where you feel low. Knowing that the quality of sleeping habits and mental health are highly dependent on each other, it is best to take care of both.

 

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The Importance of Living in a Healthy Environment Conducive for Rest

 

With all the information mentioned above, the environment in which you are resting in is also crucial to attaining quality sleeping habits. There are furniture and other products available in the market that help get you in the mood for sleeping, and some of them are even backed up by science. For example, getting a diffuser with essential oils, especially lavender, relaxes the body and calms the nerves for a restful evening. Not convinced to invest in a diffuser? No problem, because you can also purchase the lavender essential oil roll-on which you can rub on your palms and smell every time you feel a bit stressed.

 

Make sure to turn off all lights in the room right before going to bed in your luxury home, as the light signals your body to stay awake. If you’re still having trouble sleeping, you can play sounds of ocean waves or light rain to calm you down. Of course, the most important furniture in this topic is the bed. Make sure you have the comfiest sheets, pillow, and duvet for you to practice better sleeping habits.

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