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World Sleep Day is an annual event organised by the World Sleep Society, and it aims to celebrate the benefits of healthy sleeping patterns, as well as raise awareness of sleep disorders. World Sleep Day 2019 will be held on 15th March.
Our modern lifestyles have many benefits, but it also means many of us are working unconventional hours and have less time available for sleep. In addition, few of us appreciate just how important sleep is to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
There are many different opinions as to how much sleep we need – six to nine hours is often suggested, but some of us need less; and some more. The simplest answer is that you need enough sleep to feel refreshed in the morning and stay awake and alert throughout the day.
Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling irritable and not working at your best, are well known. Regular poor sleep can shorten your life expectancy and put you at risk of serious medical conditions, such as; obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Getting enough sleep is essential in maintaining healthy mental and physical wellbeing and should never be underestimated. Some of the many benefits of getting enough sleep include:
Reduces stress – If you don’t get enough sleep, your body can react by producing an increased level of stress hormones. Deep and regular sleep can help combat this.
Maintain weight – A regular sleeping pattern can help you maintain your weight by regulating the hormones that affect your appetite. This will help reduce cravings for high calorie foods.
Improves memory – Whilst you sleep, your body may be resting, but your brain is busy organising and storing memories. Ensuring that you maintain a good sleeping pattern will help you remember and process things more successfully.
A variety of factors can cause poor sleep, including health conditions such as sleep apnea. But in most cases, it’s due to bad sleeping habits. Poor sleeping habits can often be overcome by following the tips outlined in this article.
Clear your mind – Listening to relaxation music can help ease yourself to a deep sleep. The carefully narrated script, gentle hypnotic music and sound effects are all designed to relax the mind.
Sleep at regular times – Most adults need between six and nine hours of sleep every night. By sticking to a regular bedtime schedule, you’ll programme your internal body clock to get used to this routine.
Exercise regularly – Routine exercise can help relieve the tension built up over the day and improve your sleep. Try to avoid exercise late in the evenings, as it may have the opposite effect.
Create a sleep-friendly space – Make your bedroom a relaxing and calming environment. Optimise the light, noise and temperature levels to suit your needs and remove items that disrupt your sleeping schedule e.g. TV’s, laptops.
The best way for you to get involved in World Sleep Day is to review your own sleeping habits, and ensure that you put measures in place to improve them, if necessary.
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