The reality of sleep deprivation
Many people are affected by sleep deprivation, whether it be related to stress, ill health or the inability to relax and unwind. However, not getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep every night can have serious consequences on your body.
Not sleeping well can increase the likelihood of developing heart conditions, increase the risk of cancer and type two diabetes. Our long working days and digital habits can inhibit a good night’s rest, so how do we overcome this?
Think about what you normally do before you go to bed, and decide whether your actions are affecting your sleep. It is important to wind down before bed, so avoiding food and caffeinated drinks is a plus. Don’t put yourself in an overly bright environment, and avoid loud music.
Stay away from your smartphone and other gadgets. The blue light which appliances emit can disturb sleep, and reduce the quality of sleep you are getting each night. A tip would be to remove all gadgets from the bedroom, and use a conventional alarm clock rather than your smartphone.
As unappealing as it sounds, getting up earlier than necessary can also help you become more productive throughout the day. Taking your time to prepare for your day, as rushing can cause stress which will eventually lead to an interrupted night’s sleep.
Get into a healthy sleeping routine. To aid consistency, you must go to bed and wake up at the same time, everyday (weekends also, unfortunately). Sleeping in on a weekend may disturb your sleep for the next couple of days, therefore its worth rising that little bit earlier every day to have a good night’s sleep every night.
Cutting back on alcohol can also have an effect on your sleeping pattern. Consuming alcohol before bed can affect the neurotransmitters in the brain, which directly affects your sleeping pattern.
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