Lifestyle

Are you getting enough sleep?

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I’ve just listened to a great TED talk about sleep by Professor Matt Walker (a brain scientist who studies sleep) and it really got me thinking about my own sleep. As a shift worker, I do worry about the detrimental effects this has on my health. I certainly feel better on day shifts or during my annual leave!

I knew sleep was important but when he broke it all down I was completely amazed.

Sleep is important for:

  • Memory/Learning (this is particularly important for those people who are studying!)
  • The Immune System
  • The Cardiovascular System (there is data that shows an increase in cardiac events by 24% in spring on the day the clocks go forward?!)
  • The Reproductive System
  • Aging

In his talk, he explains research that backs all of this up so I won’t spoil it for you!

Some top tips for getting a good night sleep:

  • Avoid caffeine (it has a half life of 6 hours!)/sugar before bed
  • Have the optimum temperature in your room (18 degrees)
  • Go to bed at the same time/have a healthy sleep routine

You can listen to the talk here.

There is so much research and literature around the importance of sleep and I am currently in a spiral of reading about sleep and I love it. I hope this little post has helped you reflect on the amount and quality of sleep you have!

 

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