Up all night? Why lack of sleep is bad for your health
We all know how horrible a restless
night can be - and how we feel the following day, suffering with
things such as low concentration, moodiness and lack of energy. So
can you imagine not having any sleep at all?
People need sleep to promote healing, improve mood,
reduce stress and improve memory and evidence is growing that not
enough sleep can fuel conditions such as diabetes, depression,
heart disease and obesity.
A recent campaign announced by Public Health England,
has highlighted the importance of sleep further, as they argue
those between the ages of 40 and 60 are risking early death by not
getting enough sleep.
The longest anybody has gone without sleep is
recorded at just over 11 days, 264 hours to precise, when in 1965,
Randy Gardner, a 17-year-old high school student set the
world-record. Imagine how nice his bed felt after that!
So what would happen if you didn't sleep for a long
period of time?
Silentnight's resident sleep expert, Dr Nerina
Ramlakhan says: "It is crucial that people recognise the importance
of a good night's sleep; your bedroom is one of the most important
factors when it comes to getting a great night's sleep"
Follow Dr Nerina's steps to create a wind down
routine that will improve the quality of sleep:
- Read a book or listen to relaxing music - choose
fiction over work-related reading materials or self-help book
- Have a bath and use some relaxing
essential oils such as lavender to help promote
- Switch off tech devices and avoid
checking your emails or social media accounts 90 minutes before
going to bed - put you phone, laptop and tablets away
For more advice and sleep tips, visit the Silentnight
website for Dr Nerina's Sleep Toolkit