Sleep is one of the most important ways to improve your health and wellness. But as always life gets in the way with our busy schedules, stressful jobs, mobile phone and electronics and the environment in which we live in.
Why is it so important? It is as simple as without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly. It is an essential function allowing your mind and body to recharge.
How much sleep do we need? Most adults need between 7-9 hours sleep, whilst children need a significant amount more.
How does sleep work? Our body is a clock, controlling when we feel tired and when we are ready to be alert - this is known as your circadian rhythm.
Light - Nerve cells in the brain process signals which when eyes are exposed to natural light or artificial light they can tell, helping determine whether it is night or day.
Adenosine levels increase throughout the day as you become more tired, and then the body breaks down this compound during sleep.
As natural light disappears in the evening, the body will release melatonin, a hormone that induces drowsiness. When the sun rises in the morning, the body will release the hormone known as cortisol that promotes energy and alertness.
The Effects of insufficient sleep?
Did you know insufficient sleep links to...
Type 2 diabetes
High blood pressure
Poor mental health
The Benefits of getting good quality sleep?
Boosts your immune system
Better concentration levels and memory
Improves your mental well-being/ less stressed
Less likely to gain weight
Tips for increasing and optimising your sleep quality?
Keep a consistent sleep pattern when going to bed and when waking up - this will help optimise your circadian rhythm.
Reduce blue light a couple of hours before bed - this will allow your brain and body to relax and prepare your body for sleep. Increased blue light will decrease melatonin which will have a negative impact on your sleep quality.
Do not consume caffeine late in the day - as this will stimulate your nervous system and reduce your ability to get to sleep.
Exercise during the day, this helps raise your body temperature. Later that day your temperature will drop back to its normal range, which triggers your body into feeling more tired.
Take magnesium as an additional supplement. This is one of the best supplements for helping with sleep, and also know to be mineral that lots of people are deficient in. (7 out of 10 women are reported as having an inadequate intake of this important mineral.)
There are many reasons to why people struggle to sleep. Max Berry our founder retired from rugby due to too many concussions.
This is how The FIT partnership initially began, to find and provide innovative technologies to help people with a variety of problems.
Cryotherapy helps with sleep for many reasons?
Insomnia is having trouble sleeping. You have two types:
Primary insomnia is having sleep problems that aren't linked to health problems, so is normally due to anxiety, agitation, and muscle tension.
Secondary insomnia is normally due to a health condition such as chronic pain, asthma, cancer, arthritis, etc.
For Primary insomnia, Cryotherapy creates a situation of organic stress that stimulates the pituitary gland and promotes the release of neuropeptides -endorphins- from the spinal cord to the bloodstream. This entails an improvement in mood and has a positive effect in emotional control, leading to happiness and better well-being. Thus you may see improvements in your sleep.
For Secondary insomnia, Cryotherapy significantly reduces pain in people with arthritis making it an effective treatment solution. Research also indicates that athletes with muscle pain or injuries feel that they recover faster when they use cryotherapy, so if you aren't in pain, this leads to better sleep.