Are you getting enough sleep?
Are you reaching for your alarm clock only to give yourself an extra 5/ 10/20 minutes? Are you waking feeling like you have wrestled a bear in your sleep?
We all know the benefits of eating a healthy diet and exercising but what about our all-important sleep.
Research shows that the more we work the more sleep we need. But it seems the more hectic our lives become the less priority we put on sleep, which may not have instant effect on our health but long term can lead to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension.
During the various stages of sleep, a lot more is happening than we realise. Our blood pressure drops, blood supply to our relaxed muscles increases, tissue growth and repair occurs and our energy levels are restored, according to the American National Sleep Foundation.
When it comes to the right amount of sleep, experts recommend between 7 and 9 hours a night. So ask yourself are you getting enough?
A great way to figure out how much sleep your body needs is to wait until your next holiday and choose a couple of days where there are no set times to wake up and see what your body is telling you.
Of course if you continue to put off a good night’s sleep, you may not see the negative effects right away, but experts say the impacts will catch up eventually.
So if you know that you are one of the many adhoc sleepers make a commitment to yourself and plan your bed times. I can promise you will feel more energised, have more focus and will hopefully live a longer, healthier life……..that has to be good!