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Why is sleep important for my health? 

  • Sleep is your body’s chance to build and recover. During sleep your body is working to support your physical and mental health. Not sleeping properly can mean your body and brain don’t function properly the next day
  • Sleep allows your body the time it needs to organise and process the information you’ve taken on during the day
  • It can improve your cognitive attention, concentration and overall energy. Sleep also looks after your emotional and mental wellbeing, a lack of sleep heightens the chance of anxious and/or depressive episodes
  • Maintains your heart health by lowering your blood pressure. If you’re awake at night and your blood pressure remains elevated you’re more likely to have high blood pressure across the day
  • Lower stress levels by relaxing the stress response systems in your body
  • Supports the maintenance of a healthy immune system via proteins and cells that fight off foreign invaders and helps your body remember these invaders for the future
  • A lack of sleep causes a rise in cortisol levels associated with stress which can hinder your body’s ability to progress with weight management goals. It can also spike your appetite causing you to overeat.

Better sleep guide

  • Adults between 18-65 need to have 7-9 hours per night
  • Adults aged 65 and older are recommended to get between 7 and 8 hours per night.

How can you sleep better?

  • Limit your screen time prior to sleeping this includes tv’s, phones and laptops. These produce blue light which prevents the body releasing the hormone we need to send us to sleep.
  • Create a consistent routine
  • Reduce your caffeine intake. Try to avoid consuming caffeine past 4pm
  • Keep your bedroom cool and comfy
  • Avoid alcohol and cigarettes.