Why is sleep so important?
- Sleep is one of the most vital processes for survival.
- Comprised of four stages of REM and NREM Cycles.
- The majority of people require 7-8 hours for optimal functioning.
- Research is showing less than 1% of the world’s population sleeps less than 5 hours of.
- However, research suggests that 1 in 3 people are not getting enough sleep.
- Lack of sleep is comparable to being intoxicated.
- 17 hours awake = 0.05 Blood Alcohol level
- 21 hours awake = 0.08 Blood Alcohol Level
What influences sleep?
How can sleep impact me?
Sleep can impact brain function and overall quality of life.
Here are four Micro-skills to help with your sleep hygiene:
- Limit caffeine and alcohol, especially before bed.
- Create a pre-bed routine.
- Disconnect from screens.
- Create a cozy but cool dark sleep space (15-18 degrees Celsius).
Watch your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions by writing down your thoughts, focus on your senses, practice deep breathing, and be patient and kind to yourself.
If you are concerned about your sleep, you are not alone. Many people struggle to get a good night’s sleep and have difficulty managing their sleep. See your doctor to rule out any physical health concerns that may be interfering with sleep and reach out for support. Ask your doctor if there is a local sleep assessment and treatment programs, they can connect you with. Most important, destigmatize treatment for sleep issues.
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