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Sleep

We probably do not need to tell you how important sleep is. Not only is a good nights rest important to your body but also for your mental processes. Short-term memory is affected by too little sleep. Insufficient sleep can also lead to drowsiness in the workplace and on the roads. It will also make you feel grumpy and irritable. 
It is generally accepted that the average adult needs 7-8 hours of continuous sleep every night. This may however differ from person to person.

Our modern, fast-paced lifestyle also contributes hugely to bad sleeping habits.

General advise on how to sleep better.

  • Avoid drinking coffee/coke in the evenings. Avoid excessive fluids in the evening.
  • Avoid sugar and chocolates at night as this will give you more energy.
  • Avoid watching late night television. TV shows are designed to keep you watching, stimulating the brain and keeping you awake.
  • Also avoid fast paced music. Rather opt for some light reading.
  • Wind-down time is important. Avoid being too active just before going to bed.
  • Switch off some lights and dim others. If there is too much light it simulates daytime, telling your brain to stay awake.
  • The more active you are during the day, the more sleep your body needs at night.
  • Be comfortable when sleeping. A good mattress and decent bedding will help you get a good nights rest. Try a lightweight goose down duvet and goose feather pillow.
  • Although alcohol makes you sleepy, it reduces the quality of your sleep.
  • Do not go to bed hungry. Finish eating at least two to three hours before your regular bedtime.
  • Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet and comfortable at night.
  • Try some sleep relaxation techniques.
  • Learn more about your sleeping patterns by doing the BBC Sleep Questionaire.