WE INTERVIEW AMAZING WOMEN FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE IN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP, BOUNCELAB. HERE'S AN EXCERPT FROM OUR INTERVIEW WITH sleep expert Dr. Gemma Paech, who tells us how to get more – and better – sleep.
Getting a good night’s sleep may just be the easiest way to improve your energy throughout the day, but many of us have trouble getting the restorative shut-eye we need.
In fact, a recent study shows that 30 per cent of Canadians and Americans feel they’re not getting enough sleep, while 44 per cent of adults in the UK say they’re even too tired to work out.
Australian sleep scientist Dr. Gemma Paech knows all about how important sleep is to staying healthy and improving our energy throughout the day. But despite what many people believe, there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution.
Gemma says the amount of sleep we need varies from person to person and from situation to situation. So, if we’re sick or just ran a marathon, we’ll likely require more sleep.
“Most adults should aim to get seven to nine hours of sleep,” she says.
But just as too little sleep can be a problem, trying to sleep for too long may detract from the restorative sleep you require.
“My recommendation is to listen to what your body is telling you. It’s really about finding that happy balance so that you can sleep solidly and get a good, restful sleep without tossing and turning and lying awake for too long.”
And if you’re a new mom or shift worker who doesn’t have the luxury of uninterrupted sleep?
“Try and get as much sleep as you can when you can,” says Gemma, adding that in those situations, quantity over quality is key.
If you’d like to learn about the most common pitfalls women experience when it comes to sleep and what we can all do to make our nights more restful, join BounceLab below to watch our interview with Gemma!