Sleep

Good quality sleep and the right amount of sleep makes us more capable of dealing with everyday challenges. Good sleep gives us more energy and means that we make fewer mistakes.

10 tips for a good night's sleep

  1. Be physically active - not too close to bedtime.
  2. Get enough sleep - preferably 7-8 hours.
  3. Sleep regularly - keep fixed bedtimes.
  4. Make the bedroom a carefree zone.
  5. Avoid tablets and phones before bedtime.
  6. Introduce relaxing rituals.
  7. Do not eat and drink before bedtime.
  8. Keep the bedroom dark and cool.
  9. Reduce your stress level.
  10. Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol before bedtime.

Source: Vidensrad for Forebyggelse, 2015

Sleep and stress are inextricably linked

A state of stress will affect you so you might have difficulties falling asleep. At the same time, a good night's sleep is essential for being able to resist stress.

If you do not sleep well, you have to do something to bring down your stress level, and if you are stressed, you have to pay particular attention to prioritising your sleep.

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Too little and poor sleep may lead to stress and other serious conditions. If you suffer from persistently poor sleep, are sleepy during the day or believe that something might be wrong with your night's sleep, it might be a good idea to talk to your general practitioner.

Guard your resources

When you sleep and relax, you allow your body to recover. If you do not get sufficient rest, a sleep debt will accumulate which increases your risk of developing stress.

Stress is a state of strain or tension that eats into your physical and mental resources. If this continues over a long period of time it may be harmful to your health.

In a state of stress, we will often seek to win time by skipping breaks and meals with the risk of burning the candle at both ends. So, remember to prioritise your sleep and take time to recharge. 

Kim Steen Nielsen