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Are you getting enough… sleep?

| Becca Clayton

How long did you sleep for last night?

Are you getting enough sleep? According to a recent study most of us sleep for less than 7 hours each night. Like all animals, humans need sleep, along with food, water and oxygen, to survive. For humans however our sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and wellbeing. The Tonic team go one step further, we believe that sleep is actually a performance enhancer.

Most of us do know that getting a good night’s sleep is important, but too few of us actually make those eight or so hours a priority. For many of us with sleep debt , we’ve forgotten what “being really, truly rested” feels like. To further complicate matters, stimulants like coffee and energy drinks, alarm clocks, and lights – including those from electronic devices – interfere with our “circadian rhythm” or natural sleep/wake cycle. Sleep needs vary and are especially impacted by lifestyle and health.

 

Lacking sleep, exhausted at work
#not enough sleep

So how Much Sleep Do You Need?

Though research cannot pinpoint an exact amount of sleep need by people at different ages, as a rule-of-thumb, experts agree that adults need between 7-9 hours. Nevertheless, it’s important to pay attention to your own individual needs by assessing how you feel on different amounts of sleep. To get started ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you productive, healthy and happy on seven hours of sleep?
  • Or does it take you nine hours of quality ZZZzzzs to get you into high gear?
  • Do you have health issues such as being overweight? Are you at risk for any disease?
  • Are you experiencing sleep problems?
  • Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day?
  • Do you feel sleepy when driving?
  • These are questions that must be asked before you can find the number that works for you.

If you answered YES to some of the above then it is time to…make sure you are getting enough!

 

Improve Your Sleep Today and Make Sleep a Priority!

To begin a new path towards a healthier lifestyle, once you have answered the questions above start to further assess your own individual needs and habits, for instance see how you respond to different amounts of sleep. Pay careful attention to your mood, energy and health after a poor night’s sleep versus a good one. Ask yourself, “How often do I get a good night’s sleep?” And keep reminding yourself that like good nutrition and activity levels, sleep is a critical component to overall health.

So, to pave the way for better sleep, try following these simple yet effective tips:

  • Stick to a sleep schedule & have a “regular” bedtime
  • Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. Create a wind-down call
  • Exercise daily
  • Evaluate your bedroom to ensure ideal temperature, sound and light
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
  • Beware of hidden “sleep vampires” like alcohol and caffeine
  • Turn off electronics before bed
Please note : if you or a family member are experiencing symptoms such as sleepiness during the day or when you expect to be awake and alert, snoring, leg cramps or tingling, gasping or difficulty breathing during sleep, prolonged insomnia or another symptom that is preventing you from sleeping well, you should consult your primary care physician or find a sleep professional to determine the underlying cause.

To summarise, if you are interested in improving your overall health and wellbeing then it’s time to make sure you are getting enough and to make sleep a priority. Schedule sleep like any other daily activity. Put it on your “to-do list” and don’t make it the thing you do only after everything else is done – stop doing other things so you get the sleep you need! And don’t just listen to us,

Science is proving that sleep can make you healthier, happier, less anxious, more creative and more energetic – what more do you need to hear to make sure you are getting enough!

If this resonates with you; if you feel that a lifestyle assessment is what you need, we can offer 1-2-1 telecoaching, lifestyle assessments, nutritional support, relaxation therapies and even complete lifestyle (including your sleep) monitoring. HELP ME IMPROVE MY WELLBEING TODAY!


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