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Welcome to the Health Defence Blog - a blog about health, wellness and a healthier you. Brought to you by the Health Defence team at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, you'll find up-to-date information on a range of topics from what's in your food to the latest advice on e-cigarettes!
Megan - Health Promotion Specialist
August 7, 2016
Do you fall asleep in meetings? But then struggle to fall asleep when it really matters most? Sounds familiar doesn’t it. Not only does a good night’s sleep make you feel better, look better and have more energy, but too little sleep can also lead to weight gain and a range of life-threatening illnesses.
Why is sleep important?
No one really knows why we need sleep! But what we do know is that we feel a whole lot better for it!
It’s thought that sleep allows the body to replenish and repair itself. In fact, a good night’s sleep is linked to better concentration, good decision making and generally feeling happier and less irritable.
How much sleep do we need?
There is no perfect amount of sleep as it varies from person to person. Generally speaking, most adults should get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Another good gauge is how you feel when you wake up in the morning – if you wake up feeling alert and energised, chances are you had enough sleep.
The hours in which we go to sleep can also make a difference, for example, trying to get some shut-eye before midnight is thought to be more beneficial than the hours after midnight.
Most of us will bounce back from having the odd poor night’s sleep, but prolonged disturbed sleep (also known as insomnia) can:
Sleep like a baby
Did you know that babies sleep for up to 17 hours a day! And whilst adults don’t need to sleep for that long, here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep:
Living with a chest, heart or stroke condition can mean that you experience tiredness more often. Read our ‘Coping with tiredness’ factsheet for some helpful tips.
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***Disclaimer: always seek medical advice before starting a new diet, exercise regime or medication. The information in these articles is not a substitute for professional advice from a GP, registered dietitian or other health practitioner.