Updated: Mar 12, 2019
Joni Peddie’s research shows how Sleep is inextricably linked to health, wellbeing and resilience! Joni, as an associate of the World Sleep Society is sharing the ‘facts’ so that Sleep is no longer seen as a luxury.
If you trade in your sleep for a few extra hours of wakefulness there are many hidden health costs. World Sleep Day is the 15th March 2019 and Joni, as CEO of the business ‘Resilient People’ has been nominated to get people to ‘wake up’ and take note of the physical and psychological effects of insufficent sleep. These include cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, dementia and Alzeihemer’s.
We spend almost a third of our life sleeping!
What a jolt it was when I realised that sleep takes up about a third of my life. Research shoes that by the age of 90, we will have spent an accumulated total of about 33 years sleeping. You may not want to live to the age of 90. But if you still have your mental faculties about you, and you are contributing in various ways to your community, plus enjoying being with your great grandchildren … why not? So let’s take note of what’s happening around us, and what the trends are.
The first major trend according to the World Health Organisation is that the world is facing a sleep epidemic. About 45 % of the world’s population isn’t getting the required night's sleep of 7 to 8 hours! What ’s changed? Technological stimulation and advances; the fast pace of life and this coupled with the firmly held beliefs that have become acceptable: like the glorification of being busy / hectic; the recognition from ‘pulling an all nighter’ on a project; and even the ‘sleep when I die attitude’. We need to start talking note that insufficient sleep or lack of sleep can affect your overall health and make you prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. In fact, night shift work is now known as a carcinogen. Given all of this knowledge it is surprising that many people that I speak to, do not know how to prioritise their sleep! We go on courses or read about time management and productivity tricks to make our lives run more smoothly during the day, but we give little attention to our evening ‘time management’ and the absolute necessity to detox our brains. In short, h ere are the three elements of good quality sleep:
• Quantity: We need minimum 7 and maximum 9 hours per night, to be rested and alert the following day.
• Continuity: Our sleep should be seamless without fragmentation; and without being disturbed. We should not wake up during the night.
Quality is the most important dimension. Our sleep should be deep enough to be reboot our brain. High quality, restorative sleep improves our brain function, aids muscle recovery, boosts longevity, balances our hormones, and protects our hearts and lastly fights fat.
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