Not getting enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep

 

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Most people are not getting enough sleep. We are part of society that stays up late having fun, studying or working. Sacrificing sleep has become somewhat of norm which can have catastrophic effects on your overall welling. Sleep is part of our physiological needs, we need sleep to repair and grow new cells, restore our muscles, heal our bodies and to be optimal through out the day. When we don’t get the recommended eight hours of sleep per night, we accumulate a sleep debt.

Insufficient sleep contributes, towards these well documented findings;

  • Micro sleep
  • Poor decisions
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor performance
  • Irritability

Most people tend to assume that lack of sleep comes down to poor time management skills. However, this isn’t the case, we’ve all encountered problems that prevented good, quality sleep and most factors are usually beyond our capabilities. For instance;

  • Late night road work
  • Main pipe busted
  • Baby kept crying
  • Back pain
  • Partner kept snoring
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

These are real life problems that do occur, overall effecting and disrupting our sleep, which evidently restricts our ability to perform well. A recent study conducted by The Sleep Health Foundation resulted in, thirty percent of Australians experiencing, insufficient sleep on a daily basis. Professor David Hillman advises implementing short naps to counteract the sleep debt we’ve incurred. However, naps won’t completely offset the sleep debt but it’ll help in minimising the potential risk.

 

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