Dr. Gu Meadows is a co-founder of the Sleep School Sleep School promotes evidence-based sleep education and support to help the world sleep better.
He is also the author of The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night. This book is for those who just can’t seem to shut his/her brain off when it’s time for bed.
Dr. Meadows looks at the life triggers that can disrupt sleeping patterns.
1. Women Are Really Worse Sleepers
Women suffer the most with poor sleep than men. That’s because, if you’re female, you’re at risk of experiencing sleep disturbance caused by the hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle, menopause, and pregnancy.
2. Men Are More Likely To Suffer From Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Men are more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea, where you stop breathing through the night and constantly wake up.
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3. There Is A Hereditary Link
Sometimes, three generations of a family attend a single Sleep School workshop. What does explain this? Three generations of a family attending a single Sleep School workshop.
4. Sleep History
Your sleep is remembered by your brain. So, those who have never struggled for sleep always have a greater chance of having quality sleep.
5. Daytime Nap Recharges Your Batteries
A short nap may help you tackle daytime tiredness. It recharges your batteries without affecting your ability to sleep well at night.
6. Nap For Longer If…
If you’re pregnant, have just had a baby or have any serious health issues, you’ll have extra demands on your energy levels, so do nap for longer.
7. Enjoy Being In Bed
Try ‘quarter-hour rule’ to reduce the amount of time you can lie in bed struggling with sleep. Get out of bed if you are awake for more than 15 minutes and go into another room and do something quiet and relaxing. It will calm any unwanted anxieties.