In my latest contribution to Western Sydney Mums’ Hub, I talk about sleep issues. Covered in the article is the causes of sleep issues in adults and the impact that sleep issues can have on you, and I talk about natural remedies for sleep and sleep hygiene techniques.
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Sleep is so important for overall health!
If you are sleep deprived, it can make you feel grumpy, emotional and can cause difficulty thinking clearly. It can also increase your cravings for sugar, refined carbohydrates, fat and caffeine – made all the worse by the effect that sleep deprivation can have on blood sugar level control.
Studies have shown that inadequate sleep can contribute towards an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, depression, obesity and heart disease.
Lack of sleep can also suppress your immune function, negatively affect the balance of bacteria in the digestive system and increase inflammation.
Sleep problems can affect work, school, and your social life.
People who are sleep deprived are more commonly late to work, are less productive, and make mistakes more often.
Children and teenagers with sleep problems are commonly late to school (which can make parents run late too) and are able to concentrate less, and have poorer recall. The night before an exam, it is much better to get a good sleep than it is to spend that time studying, as research has shown that sleep deprived students do worse than students who weren’t sleep deprived, regardless of how much time they had spent studying. Interestingly, teenagers actually require about 1-2 extra hours of sleep, especially in the mornings. So if your teenager always seemed to want to sleep in, you can put it down to their physical requirements.
Being tired can also make you less inclined to spend time with friends and family, so your social life can suffer. When you’re tired, a night at home sounds much more enticing.
My top 5 remedies for sleep
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