Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Beauty sleep is a real thing, according to researchers who have shown that people who miss out on sleep do appear less attractive to others. According to a study, a couple of bad nights is enough to make a person look “significantly” uglier. Whilst our approachability to others may not be a top priority, your physical and mental health certainly should be. Adults are recommended to have 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, children and teens are suggested to have even more to be able to function at their best! Sleep promotes healing, reduces stress, improves memory, concentration and productivity, and is an essential part of looking after your health.
But why is a good night sleep often harder to achieve than it sounds?
In a UK wide survey conducted by Chemist 4 U, somewhat surprisingly people cited “children” as the lowest ranking factor that kept them awake at night. Stress came in at number one, with one in four people believing that it affects the quality of their sleep, and one in three people experiencing insomnia at some point in their lives. Other factors keeping us up at night include health conditions, long working hours and poor bedtime routines.
More of us are being kept awake at night by one or more of the mentioned factors than you might think with one in three of us suffering from poor sleep. If you are finding it difficult to fall asleep, lie awake at night for prolonged periods of time, wake on numerous occasions through the night or wake up really early unable to go back to sleep then you could have a sleeping problem.
It has been estimated that 90% of people who suffer from depression complain of poor sleep quality. Continuous sleep deprivation is also linked to increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, high blood pressure, weakened immunity and poor balance. It is also known to increase the risk of accidents due to drowsiness and poor concentration and leaves us feeling exhausted throughout the day.
In this video Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology discusses what happens to your body and brain if you don’t get enough sleep.
If you do struggle with sleep, here are some tips from the ‘Sleep Foundation’ that could help you:
So many people underestimate the value of sleep. If you are having trouble sleeping, then do not hesitate to seek help and advice from your GP. To find out more about self-care, visit our blog on HOW TO INCORPORATE ‘SELF-CARE’ INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE.