The vital role of sleep in physical health and mental well-being
Are you sleepy and sluggish in the mornings until the caffeine kicks in? Or do you hop out of bed feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? Whatever your energy levels, as a vital component of your mental well-being and physical health, those humble Zzz’s need to move out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
World Sleep Day last week focused the nation’s attention on the importance of sleep in our daily lives. Read on for a quick overview of the key points raised.
– Sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge, making you fresh and alert for the next day. It also helps the body stay healthy and fight off illness.
– Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly. Lack of sleep diminishes your ability to concentrate, think clearly, make decisions, react quickly and process memories. It can also have a detrimental effect on your mood, making even the most sweet-natured among us growly and snappy.
– A lack of sleep has been linked to a higher risk of a number of medical conditions including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes and even premature death.
– Most adults require between seven and nine hours of sleep a night.
– Stress, a disruptive bedroom environment and illness can all negatively impact our sleep.
The good news is that there’s a lot we can do to improve the quality and length of our nightly dose of shut-eye. Please read our next article today for some practical pointers on the subject.
We hope this article prompted more of an interested aaaah! than a bleary-eyed yaaawn. Please get in touch if there are any topics you’d like your team of trusted recruitment partners at ABL to cover in future emails. We will be delighted to hear from you, as always!