Hydration and Sleep – #NationalRefillDay 💧💤

Wednesday 19th June marks National Refill Day! 

In a bid to stop plastic pollution, purchasing a refillable bottle could be the best first step on your journey. 

With a bottle in hand wherever you go, take a look at the links between hydration levels and sleep quality below!

Dehydration can make us feel sluggish, lethargic and can often manifest in a sore head too!

With our bodies being compiled of over 70 per cent water, a drop in fluids can definitely make us feel off our game, and this can also translate into our sleep quality too.

Even minor dehydration before sleep can disrupt sleep.

Lack of fluid can cause the nasal passage and throat to become dry, resulting in snoring throughout the night and a hoarse throat come morning.

Lack of hydration before bed can also lead to leg cramps, as our muscles search for fluid in the night, this often results in fragmented sleep which can lead to frustration come the morning.

Fluid loss can also happen throughout the night!

A rather hot bedroom can result in excessive sweating, whilst other factors such as alcohol can mean waking up rather dehydrated and worse for wear!

So, how can we hydrate right before sleep?

When it comes to dehydrating before sleep, it’s no use gulping down a whole bottle of water right before bed.

Not only will this result in you needing the toilet throughout the night, which will in turn lead to further tiredness, but the quicker you drink fluid, the quicker your body simply flushes it out, without really get the stuff it needs.

The key is to drink little and often throughout the day, so that by the time sleep comes, you’re sufficiently hydrated before rest.

Aim for at least 8 glasses of non-caffeinated fluid throughout the day, spacing it evenly so that you do not over hydrate your body at times.

The best way to achieve hydration is to carry a water bottle with you wherever you go, the best options range from stainless steel bottles which can keep fluid either hot or cold for hours, or bottles called ‘hydrate mates’ which are decorated with tips and reminders to drink!

Whichever option you chose, make it a sustainable one to mark #NationalRefillDay. 💧💤