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
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!