22 December 2017

– Kate Pigeon-Owen (BA Hons), Founder, Childways Ltd

It is not necessarily that we do not have enough sleep in term of hours, but perhaps that we awaken tired and lacking our mojo!


A key point made by many executives is that they feel tired a lot of the time, possibly relying on ever increasingly strong coffee to sustain them throughout the working day!

Interestingly, it is not necessarily that we do not have enough sleep in term of hours, but perhaps that we awaken tired and lacking our mojo!

Biologists tells us that our energy levels do in fact alter as we age. However, there are factors that could really have an impact on your energy levels and enable you to awaken refreshed.


The Science Bit

  • Melatonin – a fascinating hormone that effects our sleep patterns. In fact, babies are born with small amounts of melatonin and with time and nurturing touch they learn to sleep longer. Interestingly, massage can increase the levels of melatonin improving sleep patterns as well as eating food with melatonin e.g.  almonds, sunflowers seeds and bananas. Staying away from late night eating helps, especially avoiding proteins. In fact, students, needing to pull an ‘all nighter’ to meet a course deadline, should be eating protein to keep them awake! Sugar keeps us awake too as it takes a lot of energy to process


  • Alcohol – although the first unit of alcohol helps release the feel good, relaxing hormone oxytocin, it can also affect your sleep patterns. Many people state that red wine particularly makes them dream more. We are often lulled into a sense that alcohol is making us feel sleepy, only to experience a disrupted night’s sleep as it is actually a false stimulant.


  • Technology – access to screens late at night has an impact too. Screens with blue light especially impedes the production of melatonin too. Most sleep therapists suggest a minimum of one hour of non-screen watching, including phones, before bedtime. Actually, no technology in the bedroom is best.


  • Caffeine – the amount of caffeine you intake can have a large bearing on your quality of sleep too. Stopping all caffeine by 3pm, including all decaffeinated drinks, helps prepare the body for sleep. A cool bedroom is important as we need to lower our body temperature to drift off to sleep.


These are just a few brief ideas about improving the quality of your sleep. If you want to learn more and continue to improve your sleep and wellbeing, and see the benefits for you and your business, register for Health, Wellbeing and Business. Join Nwes, Kate Pigeon-Owen, industry experts and other like-minded businesses at Rouen House Business Centre in Norwich city centre, Monday 22nd January 2018.


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