Brits to invest in power naps and health MOTs to help them get more shut eye
With 2018 just around the corner, sleep experts say that Brits will turn away from the popular “smart sleep tracking” trend, opting to invest in power naps and full-body health MOTs instead in the pursuit of more shut eye.
Dr Petra Simic, clinical director of Bupa Health Clinics, says this change of heart is because this apps that track your sleep levels are giving people “sleep anxiety".
Simic explains: By putting a number on how many hours of sleep we should get just isn’t realistic. When we talk about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sleep, we’re creating fear about something that is as personal to you as a fingerprint.”
Instead, the pros will be encouraging Brits to embrace sleep binging, to ditch their trackers and invest in specialist help to boost their sleep patterns.
Simic reveals the six sleep trends predicted to be big for 2018:
- Sleep binging – “Regular sleep binges will help your body to do all the repairing it needs to do – so don’t feel guilty about having an early night, or an extra lie in,” says Simic
- The rise is anti-trackers – Simic says people will be moving away from putting a number on the hours of sleep we should be getting a night as it “can exacerbate anxiety about not being able to get enough”.
- Made-to-measure sleep – “Instead of indulging yourself on the habits of others, ask yourself how you feel about your sleep…as the amount someone needs really varies, and we need to think about our individual needs when it comes to getting a good night’s rest,” explains Simic.
- Losing the race to bed – Simic says that when we rush to prepare for bed, the adrenaline stimulates our bodies and makes it harder to drop off: “I encourage people to lose this race and instead to do all the necessary bed preparation before they sit down to relax.”
- Holistic help – “If you regularly struggle with sleep, or even if you just want to find out how to improve your personal sleep pattern, a health assessment is a great way to get feedback on your entire lifestyle,” Simic adds.
- Boost energy levels with a nap – Simic says a short nap of 20 to 30 minutes can help improve mood, alertness and performance, especially in the early afternoon when blood sugar levels are low. “Just remember that naps shouldn’t replace long periods of sleep as this is when the real work begins and out bodies really get the chance to rejuvenate and repair,” explains Simic.
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