History is full of awe-inspiring events that have shaped our collective consciousness. From the moon landing that transcended boundaries to the Live Earth concert uniting the world for a cause – these moments have become unforgettable milestones in human history.
But breathtaking moments aren't just reserved for extraordinary occasions or famous figures. Each of us has the potential to experience special events in our daily lives.
However, these moments might elude us if we don't prioritise one crucial aspect of our wellbeing: quality sleep.
In this blog, we'll explore the importance of getting restful sleep and offer simple tips to improve your sleep and seize those breathtaking moments.
The conquest of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 demonstrated a remarkable human feat in endurance.
Hillary and Norgay’s breathless ascent in an oxygen-depleted atmosphere was rewarded as they reached the summit. Against a backdrop of towering peaks, they were left in awe at the breathtaking view from the top of the world…
We may not ever get the chance to scale the world's highest peak or even desire to. But every now and then, your breath might escape you in a swift gasp as you go through your own spectacular experience.
Beyond history's grand events, let's focus on the everyday moments that might pass you by or lose lustre due to poor sleep. Family dinners, laughter with friends, the beauty of a sunrise – all these seemingly small experiences can be enriched and cherished when you are well-rested and fully present.
We know that poor quality sleep can result in a lack of energy, slowed thinking, a reduced attention span, poor memory, and irritability.1
It also has the potential to rob us of the precious everyday moments that deserve our attention and appreciation. A tired mind may overlook the simple joy of savouring a cup of coffee or stargazing on a clear night sky.
In the haze of exhaustion, we may miss the opportunity to engage with the world around us, to fully immerse ourselves in the moments that form the fabric of our lives.
But by nurturing our sleep, we can try to reclaim these everyday treasures and infuse our days with a deeper sense of connection, wonder, and gratitude.
There are many simple and effective ways to improve our sleep quality and capture more breathtaking moments:
1. Create a sleep-friendly environment
Design your bedroom to be a sleep sanctuary. Keep the room comfortably cool, as a lower temperature promotes better sleep.2 Ensure the room is dark by using blackout curtains or an eye mask to block out external light.
Minimise noise by using earplugs or a white noise machine if needed. Investing in a quality mattress and pillows that provide the right level of comfort and support can significantly enhance your sleep experience.
2. Stick to a sleep schedule
Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. Consistency can help regulate your body's internal clock.3
3. Limit screentime before bed
Electronic devices emit blue light that can disrupt our sleep patterns.4 Avoid screens at least an hour before bedtime. Instead, engage in calming activities such as reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practising relaxation techniques.
4. Address your stress
Stress and anxiety can disrupt your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.5 Practice relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing to reduce stress before bedtime.
By setting aside a few minutes each night to engage in these practices, you can create a peaceful mental environment conducive to restful sleep.
5. Seek professional help
Undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be a silent culprit stealing away the beauty of our everyday experiences. It happens when your airway collapses and your breathing stops many times a night.6
If you suspect you might have an issue with your sleep, consult a healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.
As we reflect on the breathtaking moments throughout history, it's essential to remember that each of us has the potential to create and cherish our own extraordinary experiences.
By getting more restful sleep, we can take the first steps towards unlocking a life full of breathtaking moments. Prioritise your sleep and embrace the beauty that each day has to offer!
ResMed is a global leader in sleep technology that has its origins right here in Australia. Our goal is to provide people with the means to awaken their best and enjoy healthier lives by promoting good sleep habits and creating awareness for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
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