What’s The Right Amount Of Sleep For You?
What’s the right amount of sleep for you? Our quiz, based on cutting edge science, will tell you – and could help you lose weight and look younger
Last week, I revealed to you the diet and exercise elements of my simple, scientifically-proven plan that can help you drop a dress size, supercharge your energy levels, improve your health and strength and make you look younger, reducing your wrinkles by up to 30 per cent — all in just 15 days.
This week, I’ll be revealing the best way to maximise sleep and relaxation, which, in conjunction with the diet and exercise regime, is key to turning back the clock.
To give you a quick recap, it’s all about harnessing autophagy, the body’s natural cleansing process that removes toxins from our cells and repairs damage caused by natural wear and tear and environmental aggressors.
This is crucial — Nobel-prize-winning research suggests much of the ageing process, including wrinkles and weight gain, is due to damage accumulating in our cells, which prevents them from working optimally.
Getting sleep right is a hugely important part of boosting the process of autophagy, because autophagy happens during sleep. Which may explain how bad we look and feel when our bodies don’t get enough rest to recover.
So how can you get your best night’s sleep ever and get the process of autophagy working at its most efficient? The secret is working out your own personal unique sleep cycle.
Every one of us has a natural timekeeping system in our body that regulates sleep and wakefulness, along with body temperature and hormonal changes, through one-day cycles.
For most people, 24 hours is the length of a full cycle. Some people naturally like to stay up late, others like to go to bed early, others fall in between.
These different types are known as chronotypes, and identifying your chronotype — or propensity to sleep at a particular time during a 24-hour period — is the key to tailoring a sleep plan to your unique rhythm.