In our fast-paced lives, we tend to underestimate the importance of a good night's sleep. With deadlines to meet, responsibilities to juggle, and our screens constantly demanding our attention, sleep often takes a backseat. However, the impact of the quality of your sleep affects your overall health and it is important that we prioritise getting good quality sleep this year.
Sleep Deprivation on Your Physical Health
Sleep Deprivation can lead to many physical health problems such as obesity, heart problems, insulin management, immune health, cognitive performance, memory consolidation, mood and growth development—the ideal amount of sleep that is needed changes with age. Newborns require 15 to 17 hours of sleep per night, whereas teenagers need about 8-10 hours of sleep. Adults between the ages of 18 and 64 generally need 7-9 hours, and after 65, the amount of sleep required is between 7-8 hours a night.
The Importance of Sleep Hygiene
Sleep hygiene is the behaviours that influence your sleep quality and duration. The top 5 sleep hygiene to practice this year is having a consistent sleep schedule, prioritising your sleep, creating a relaxing bedtime environment and having health habits from exercise and a healthy diet to help improve your sleep quality and help you sleep longer at night.
In a world that often glorifies hustle culture and perpetual busyness, it's crucial to recognise that quality sleep is not a luxury but a fundamental pillar of overall health. Prioritising sleep is an investment in your well-being, with far-reaching benefits that extend beyond feeling rested. By understanding and valuing the relationship between sleep and health, you can take proactive steps to create a sleep-friendly environment and establish healthy bedtime routines.
If you are experiencing long-term sleep deficiency, you should consult a doctor. Physicians can help with valuable insights about sleep health and hygiene.