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Sleep deprived ❓

😴Sleep is important for repair and recovery of human body.


😴On an average an adult needs between 7 and 9 hours.


😴Sleep consists of REM (light) and Non REM (deep sleep)distributed in 4-5 cycles/ phases.

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🤔What happens if we are sleep deprived ❓


👉🏼 Poor metabolism


👉🏼 Weight gain


👉🏼Increase cortisol levels (stress hormone)


👉🏼Low libido , decreased testosterone


👉🏼 Increase in blood pressure


👉🏼 Increase in risk of diabetes


👉🏼Restless leg syndrome


👉🏼Increase incidence of mental health issues (depression , anxiety )


👉🏼Poor social functioning


👉🏼Muscle weakness , fatigue, poor stamina


👉🏼 Reduced pain tolerance


👉🏼Poor healing / recovery




🤔What can we do to improve our sleep❓


🌞 Exposure to daylight improves sleep quality


🚶‍♀️Regular exercise improves sleep deep sleep


🛌 Good Bedtime routine


👉🏼No screen for 30-60 minutes before bedtime- you can use smart phones and apps


👉🏼 Mindfulness techniques -listen to calming songs, stories , reading books , journaling


👉🏼Good sleep environment- Dim lights, calming scents , comfortable mattress and pillows , block out noises


👉🏼No or cut down on 🚬, 🍺, ☕️


If you are struggling with insomnia trial following resources as well acupuncture to improve your sleep health or contact your GP









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