June 06, 2021 5 min read
We all know that sleep is important for our bodies and minds. So important in fact, that we spend almost a third of our life doing it. But when life gets busy, sleep often gets placed on the backburner, and many of us turn to ‘pick me ups’- coffees, energy drinks, and sugar to avoid feeling like zombies.
So why should we prioritise sleep?
Sleep is universal and essential for health and longevity. But how does it work? Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, a molecular biologist, won the Nobel Prize in 2009 for her work on a protein structure called the ‘telomere’. Telomeres cap the end of our chromosomes, protecting our DNA from erosion. They are comparable to the plastic tip on the end of a shoelace- when it gets damaged, the shoelace frays and unravels. The published literature points to a link between our lifestyle choices (including getting adequate sleep) and telomere length . The length of our telomeres has been linked to the onset of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease , diabetes , cancer  and Alzheimer’s disease .
Sleep Hygiene: what can we do to improve our sleep?
To improve our sleep, health, and longevity, we need to look towards changing our habits and environment. Good sleep hygiene is about putting ourselves in a position which allows us to get the best sleep each night.
Here are 10 tips to improve your sleep naturally:
Small changes can have BIG impacts. Sleep is essential to ensuring a long and happy life. Get quality sleep for a healthier, happier, and better you!
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