Catch up on those ‘Zzzz’s’ this World Sleep Day

Mar 15, 2022
Posted in: Featured, Fitness, Well-being   Posted by: Ragdale Hall Spa

Friday 18th March is World Sleep Day, and at Ragdale Hall, we are firm believers in the importance of sleep. Sleep is an essential component of our wellbeing, helping us to feel recharged and restored in body and mind, but it’s also something many of us struggle with – whether it’s having difficulty switching off and falling asleep, disrupted sleep or waking up not feeling refreshed. There are many lifestyle factors which can impact sleep such as hectic work schedules, stress and diet, but by making a few changes such as limiting screen time before bed, cutting down on caffeine and setting up a calm, relaxing environment, you can start to make a difference.

Begin your journey of deep relaxation in blissful countryside surroundings on our two-night Serene Sleep Break (Sunday 13th November – Tuesday 15th November 2022). This unique retreat includes sessions in Guided Meditation for sleep, Deep Relaxation Yoga, Qigong with Sound Bathing Meditation, plus two workshops with our experts which will cover useful sleep habits, hypnotherapy techniques, dream analysis and nutritional guidance to help you along the way. Learn to soothe the mind, body and soul and reap the rewards of a better night’s sleep. Prices for this break start from £420 pp.

 

Here are some of our top sleep tips

 

Fresh air and exercise

The benefits of walking and being outside with nature are vast, especially for our mental wellbeing and physical health, but another impressive benefit of getting your walking boots on can be improved sleep. This is partly due to natural light exposure, and also the increase in exercise. Why not make it a mindful walk by connecting to your senses and noting what you can see, smell and hear? Gentle exercise can be one of the best natural sleep aids – so consider practicing a slower, Yin yoga before bed to unwind and relax.

 

Establish a bedtime ritual

Sleep plays a vital role for memory, as our brain decides what we need to remember when we sleep; it’s also important for controlling inflammation, regulating our hormones and keeping them in check, cardiovascular health and many more vital functions. To reap the benefits of a good night’s sleep, it’s important to create a bedtime ritual which you’ll look forward to every evening.

 

Limit caffeine

Caffeine can last for 5 – 6 hours (and sometimes longer) in the body before wearing off. Try and have your last cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon, so you can begin the process of slowly winding down. If you fancy a hot drink, opt for a herbal tea or hot chocolate instead.

 

Put your phone away

Exposure to blue light from your phone, laptop or tablet can negatively impact sleep by raising your alertness levels and signalling to your brain that it’s daytime. Before sleep and as part of your bedtime ritual, put your phone away and opt for reading a good book instead to reap the benefits of quality sleep.

 

If you would like to learn more about what can be expected on the Serene Sleep Break or enquire about availability, please contact our Reservations Team on 01664 433000 or email reservations@ragdalehall.co.uk.

*Prices quoted are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.

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