Following the recent “Trust Me I am a Doctor” programme we realised from your response that sleep is a big issue for many of you.
Good quality sleep is not just about looking and feeling good the next day. Our sleep time is the body’s opportunity to do its repair work. If we do not get good sleep our immune system will not be working to its best ability.
Ongoing lack of sleep is associated with chronic conditions such as
Another issue is that lack of sleep can lead to loss of libido. Whilst we all joke about this issue a healthy sex drive is an important part of a healthy and well balanced person. It supports our self-esteem and releases positive hormones to make us feel good. Watch out for the blog on this subject next week!
The prelude to diabetes could start with the craving for sweets which is driven by your need for instant energy when you are tired. How many times have you reached for a sweet to boost your energy? If this becomes a habit you could be on your way to blood sugar fluctuations and ultimately diabetes.
Sleep issues often relate to stress. We have all been there, life has been difficult and our sleep has been affected. The lack of sleep can make us irrational and irritable. Our ability to make decisions is compromised and we cannot cope with normal everyday tasks. Life just becomes too much. Taken to its extremes this can lead to mental health issues and depression.
Many people now find themselves sleep deprived. Our busy lives mean that more people are finding themselves in this position. If this is the case there is a need for a major lifestyle re think.
What can you do?
On a daily level consider the following:
Each person has their own sleep requirement typically it will be 8 -9 hours for most people. Some manage on less but some need more. If you wake up feeling lethargic and under par the chances are you are not sleeping long enough and not getting quality sleep.
If you still need some help there are some further suggestions for you:
Wishing you sweet dreams!
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