Why is sleep so important?
Healthy sleeping habits are important and provide both physical and mental benefits, such as reducing stress, improving memory, lowering blood pressure, optimising your immune system and reducing your risk of certain health conditions, such as heart disease. These benefits are clear but unfortunately at least one third of the population will have trouble achieving a good nights sleep, experiencing tiredness and exhaustion throughout the day. As a guide, adults need at least 7-9 hours of sleep, children require 9-13 hours, and toddlers and babies needing 12 – 17 hours of sleep per day.
Experiencing constant tiredness, despite getting enough sleep, might mean that you need to discuss your symptoms with a GP. This can help to rule out other conditions that cause chronic tiredness, such as low iron (anaemia) or issues with your thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).
What about insomnia?
If an individual regularly suffers from difficulty sleeping, then they may be experiencing ‘insomnia’. Symptoms can last for months or even years, and can include any one (or a combination) of the following:
1) You find It hard to go to sleep
2) You wake up several times during the night
3) You wake up early and can’t go back to sleep
4) You lie awake at night
5) You are unable to nap during the day despite tiredness
6) You feel tired and irritable during the day
7) You find it difficult to concentrate
How can I improve my sleep?
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