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The importance of sleep

 

As spring starts to appear we want to make sure that you are optimistically gearing up to one of nature’s desirable seasons, so get spring cleaning and get rid of anything that has outstayed its welcome in that wardrobe and de-clutter! Whilst you’re running around on all that energy from the new season don’t forget to get some rest.

Why is your Sleeping Pattern so important?

Sleep is vital to our well-being, ensuring that we remain as healthy as possible, mentally as well as physically. A good night’s sleep will usually restore and refresh you, but that’s not the only reason why sleep is needed. It’s also to give our physical and mental batteries a rest after a busy day. Sleep also helps to restore the body cells to grow and regenerate, especially at times of illness. When we sleep, we preserve our energy, which means that we are able to replenish our blood cells whilst resting. Another interesting fact is that sleep, (in particular during the dreaming stage) helps to reinforce memories and learning.

Other Health benefits

Sleep certainly benefits both the body and mind and everyone’s sleep patterns are different, but research shows that people who get an average of seven to eight hours sleep a night are less prone to illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and colds and flu.

They also suffer less from stress, anxiety and depression. If you have ever experienced two nights of disruptive sleep in a row you may find that your alertness and physical strength is not up to what would be expected or desired.

So, please bear in mind what sleep is actually doing for your body, as it’s highly beneficial restorative effects will fend off illness and keep you alert, strong and healthy.

Here are some fun facts about how we develop as we age and how much sleep we actually need

Babies A new-born baby can sleep for up to 16 to 17 hours in a day!

They will wake up to feed but this sleeping pattern is thought to be needed for growth and development. This dependency decreases gradually during childhood.

Adolescents

Due to hormonal changes brought on by the onset of puberty, the need for sleep is less.

Teenagers typically need between 7-10 hours sleep

Adults

The average adult needs around 7.5 hours sleep a night, as we age we come to realise that we go to bed late, get up early and tend to rest more on the weekends, though this pattern of late nights decrease as we move into old age.

So we hope this hasn’t made you to sleepy! Hopefully it will put you in the perfect mind-set for a full night’s rest this evening.


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