10th July 2019

Sweet sleep by the beach

A good night’s sleep is as important for your health as a balanced diet and exercise, but our busy, noisy lives often deprive us of restful repose and can lead to poor nocturnal habits.

It’s while you sleep that your body heals itself and regenerates for the coming day. The amount of sleep each person needs differs but healthy adults should aim for between seven to nine hours of sleep a night to give enough time for the brain and body to carry out vital work. Getting less than this affects concentration, mood and productivity, and over a continuous period can even increase the risk of illness.

AND RELAX … Feeling relaxed before you slip between the sheets is key to a good night’s sleep, so do a little of whatever keeps you calm in the run up to bedtime. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to improve sleep quality as it reduces stress and the physical effort tires you out. With swimming, surfing, yoga, exercise classes and a state-of-the-art gym on offer at Saunton, you can take your pick of activities during a stay.

‘The abundance of negative ions found in sea spray and fresh sea air accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen’ Other excellent stress relievers include aromatherapy massage, sauna and spa treatments. Set yourself up for sweet slumber in the tranquillity of Source Spa and Wellness where you can indulge in five-star pampering to help you unwind.

40 WINKS Some people swear by the restorative power of an afternoon nap. In fact, regular, short naps can help lower tension (decreasing your risk of heart disease) and leave you feeling rejuvenated. A doze after a fun-packed morning on the beach or a hearty lunch is a great way to get back into good sleep habits while on holiday as you capitalize on your relaxed state of mind and free time.

Keep shut-eye short and sweet so that it doesn’t interfere with the all-important night time sleep; no more than 20 minutes will ensure you don’t slip into a longer sleep cycle, which will leave you feeling groggy when you wake.

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