Sleep – How do you feel waking up?

Need for Sleep

The importance of adequate sleep cannot be overstated.

Sleep has many effects on a variety of aspects of our health. The way you feel awake has a link to what kind of sleep you get at night. Poor sleeping habits can lead to an acute sudden incident such as a car crash due to a tired driver or chronic problems over the long term.

 

Studies have also shown that sleep deprivation can significantly reduce reaction time, motor control, decision-making ability and situational awareness.

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Sleep Deprivation

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It affects your ability to learn and remember new information.

It affects your ability to pay attention.

It affects your heart and cardiovascular system. There is a link between long-term sleep deficiencies and heart disease.

It affects how your body reacts to insulin. Sleep deficiency leads to higher blood sugar levels; leaving you at a higher chance to be diagnosed with diabetes.

Tips to be well-rested

You should be aiming to get 6-8 hours of sleep, plan your bedtime accordingly.

Shut your TV off and place your phone face down. Light sources, especially blue light can disrupt your sleep by forcing your brain to be alert. Use night mode if needed but it's best to put your phone down and let your eyes rest to sleep.

 

Short naps can be great. But if you end up in REM sleep during the day, you will interrupt your internal clock.

Keep your room between 20 and 23 degrees Celcius. This is the ideal range that is best for sleeping conditions for most people.

 

Build a routine – Go to bed and wake up at the same time every night even on weekends. This will keep your internal clock in check.

 

Avoid late-night snacks. Eating later in the night can also interrupt your internal clock