The Hidden Benefits of Sleep

Find out why a good night’s sleep is so very important to the quality of your work and play the next day

We all know THAT we need to get a better night’s sleep.

But what are the Psychological benefits of sleep? And how much sleep should we get?

About 20 years of our life time are spent sleeping, but most of us don’t sleep for the recommended minimum of 8 hours a night. Common sleep mistakes mean we don’t reap the numerous health benefits of sleep, or perform to the best of our ability.

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Benefits of sleep

Getting a good night's sleep has been proven to have numerous benefits to your health and cognitive performance.

  • Concentration – a good night's sleep improves attention and alertness.

  • Memory – sleep affects our ability to recall and link information.

  • Insight – sleep can help your ability to gain the kind of knowledge that has an instant impact on your thinking and behaviour.

  • Creativity – REM sleep has been proven to be beneficial for creative processes.

  • Your immune system - sleep can help your body to defend against illness.
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Common sleep mistakes

Common sleep mistakes prevent us getting the benefits of sleep. These sleep mistakes are:

  • Television - watching TV before bed leads to going to sleep later.

  • Napping - napping at the wrong times can effect your ability to sleep at night.

  • An irregular sleeping pattern – going to bed a different times each night confuses your internal body clock and messes with your sleeping pattern.

  • Using your phone – the bright light from your phone mimics daylight and stops melatonin being fully released, keeping you wide awake.

  • Caffeine – Don't drink caffeinated drinks before bed time or you won't be able get to sleep!

Research shows that those who get a better night's sleep get a range of health and psychological benefits.

But what are these benefits? And how can you get a better night's sleep? This page will help you to learn the best techniques to get a good night's sleep and connect you to some useful blogs and resources.



Benefits of Sleep Resources



How can I get a better night's sleep?

Cutting out the 9 common sleeping mistakes would be a good start! One of the biggest barriers between you and some serious shut eye is your mobile. Take a look at just how your sleep and life could be improved by controlling your mobile phone addiction. A number of techniques that can be used to improve your mindset can also be used to improve your sleep. Take a look at this blog to find some great transferrable skills.

How much sleep should I get each night?

The Sleep Foundation says that GCSE and A Level students need up to 10 hours sleep, while adults need around 8. Click the above link to see how much sleep your age range needs.

What should I do before I sleep?

Something you definitely shouldn't do is watch TV. Watching TV before going to sleep not only delays what time you go to bed, but it also effects the quality of your sleep, so try switching to a book. Also, if you like drinking tea at night switch to something without caffeine like peppermint or camomile tea and stay off your phone!

Can what I think about at night affect my performance the next day?

If you've got something important happening the next day, then what you think about as you lie in bed could have an impact on your performance and also affect how well you sleep. If you've ever found yourself tossing and turning because of nerves then changing your thoughts to recall past positive experiences can help ease those nerves. Similarly, recalling all the good prep work you've done, thinking about your own performance and not comparing yourself to others can help prevent cluttering your head with negative thoughts. For more advice about what to think about at night, check out this blog.

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