Why is sleep important anyway?
Sleep is a natural state of bodily rest that is essential for survival. Studies have shown that 7-9 hours of sleep is optimal for adults.
What happens if I don't get enough sleep?
If you don't get enough sleep, you are likely to experience:
- Decreased concentration
- Decreased memory
- Decreased energy
- Decreased motivation to work
- Increased irritability or frustration
- Increased likelihood of illness, headaches or other physical symptoms
- Increased likelihood of injuries
What can I do to sleep better
- Avoid Caffeine after 12pm
- Avoid nicotine and alcohol within 2 hours of bedtime.
- Avoid heavy meals or exercise within 2 hours of going to bed.
- Go to bed only when you are sleepy.
- Get up if you're not asleep within 15-20 minutes and do something non-stimulating in another room.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
- Avoid napping during the day.
- Don't sleep with the TV or radio on.
- Avoid "all-nighters", as they disrupt your sleep schedule.
How do I know if I should talk to a professional?
- Your sleep problems interfere with school, work, or relationships
- You rely on sleeping pills or amphetamines.
- You drink lots of caffeine to stay awake throughout the day.
- You feel a decreased need for sleep or sometimes go for several days without sleeping.
- You have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
- You snore heavily or stop breathing.
- Your sleep is often disrupted by stressful dreams.
- You have been diagnosed previously with depression, anxiety, or chronic pain.