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Sleep like a baby

You read about living well, the work life balance, eating less sugar and having 5 fruit and veg a day. However, you don’t read that a lack of sleep means feeling grumpy and not working at your best. If you were to suffer from sleep deprivation, then expect your physical health to suffer. Are you sleeping well?


Sleep it off

According to the NHS, 1:3 people suffers from poor sleep, blaming stress, taking work home, checking emails and relationship problems. On average, we go to bed at 11.15pm and sleep 6 hours and 35 minutes per night. Men tend to sleep better than women, and high earners sleep best of all.

Sleep Healthy

Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes; even shortening life expectancy. If you wake up tired and spend the day longing for a chance to have a nap, then you're not getting enough sleep. Although specific medical conditions exist such as sleep apnoea, most people suffer from bad sleeping habits which lead to reduced sleep.

Lack of sleep is the bogyman

After several sleepless nights, your brain finds it difficult to concentrate and make decisions. You'll start to feel down and your risk of accidents increases at home, work and driving.

Tips for a good night’s sleep

  1. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day to program your body to sleep better. You chose the best times.
  2. Ensure that your bed is comfortable, as it will boost a good night’s sleep.
  3. Take moderate exercise on a regular basis to relieve the tension.
  4. Cut down on caffeine in tea, coffee, energy drinks or colas, especially in the evening.
  5. Don't over-indulge food or alcohol in the evenings, as it can interrupt your sleep patterns.

While sleeping, our brains are working hard, transferring what we have seen during the day from the short-term memory to the long-term memory. Likewise, our bodies require sleep to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesize hormones.

The message is clear, try to relax before going to bed. Have a bath or shower, listen to quiet music or do something that relaxes you. If you can't sleep, get up and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy again, then go back to bed. Sleep well.

Insurance is one way remove worry, such as not being able to work while caring for a sick child. ChildMax pays your take home salary while you’re on 12 months’ unpaid leave. It starts from £49.50 or for easy budgeting an initial payment of £8.25 followed by 11 monthly payments of £3.75.

Visit at or call the UK call centre 0333 323 0098 for more information.

Important: If you feel that you have a sleep disorder, please seek professional advice.




Date: 18 March 2019 by Max Robinson