Sometimes self-care means doing absolutely nothing at all and devoting some time to your bed. Whether you choose this time to relax and catch up on your favourite Netflix show, or read a book, you should also put some time aside to catch up on sleep. While this isn’t always practical, you could pick a weekend to lie in or instead have an early night. There are several benefits of sleeping and it shouldn’t be something we feel guilty about. Here are some quick-fire points to remember when you feel like having a duvet day:
Sleep can help to keep you healthy
Research suggests that sleep can help to keep your heart healthy, as a lack of sleep can be associated with high blood pressure and cholesterol. The British Heart Foundation recommends six to eight hours sleep is ideal to reduce any risks.
Sleep can help to heal your body
When we are run down, one of the best ways to get back on track is by allowing our body to rest and recuperate. As we sleep, our muscles relax, our tissue grows and repairs and energy is restored to the body.
Sleep can help to improve your mood
A good night’s sleep can have a positive effect on your mood and decrease negative feelings of stress, anxiety, anger and exhaustion. Being well rested may encourage socialisation and interaction with friends and family.
Sleep can help to improve your memory
The National Sleep Foundation explains that sleep helps us to be alert and focused, enhancing our learning skills. In addition, rest enables us to process and retain information as well as solidify memories.
So next time you’re feeling a bit burnt out and need some self-care, consider setting aside some time to relax and let your body restore itself.