Self Care Series #1: Get Some Sleep!

Here at Mentalization, we prioritize self care. With the responsibility that we are thrown every single day; work, studying, family, it is absolutely important that you take care of yourself first.

So we will be starting a “Self Care Series” where we will share tips from our own team, from experts, and our amazing followers over at our Instagram.

Our first tip and (possibly easiest) is to get some sleep! It can benefit you in so many ways you can’t even imagine. 76% of adults globally have some sort of sleep problem (insomnia, nightmares) and experience lack of quality sleep. 60% University students also report bad sleep. That’s a lot of sleep sufferers!

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Here are some facts we have come across doing research about sleep:

  1. Sleep can improve your concentration at work, during class, in your everyday life. There is a study on lack of sleep amongst medical interns, and those who did not sleep more than 24 hours make 36% more medical errors.   
  2. People who have better sleep are more creative and have better memory.
  3. Your body needs sleep to repair itself. When you don’t have enough, genetic diseases are more likely to be developed.
  4. Mental Health is also affected by lack of sleep. A study shows that good sleep consistently can reduce anxiety, depression, paranoia, and hallucinations.
  5. Walking around with bad sleep is similar to driving drunk.

Our team have tried different ways to improve our sleep quality. A few tips that we have tried are:

  1. Put our phones away an hour before our bedtime. If you do need to browse your phone at night, put it on Night Mode so the blue light does not disturb your body.
  2. Take good supplements that can help you sleep better such as Magnesium. Low magnesium levels can result in restless sleep and waking up in the middle of the night.
  3. If you must take a sleeping aid, try a natural form first: Melatonin is a hormone produced by your body to help you sleep. You can find it in the form of supplements in drugstores.  
  4. Limit your caffeine intake and the timing of consumption. If you drink coffee in late afternoon or during dinner, of course you will not be sleepy right away. If you want to sleep early, try taking your caffeine in the morning or early in the daytime. Don’t consume more than you need!

Have you tried to improve your sleep? Let us know in the comments what tips you have on getting better sleep!