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04 Apr Sleep

What are the effects of sleep deprivation on your health?

Many of us know what it feels like at some stage or another, living busy lives with hectic and overloaded schedules. Interrupted sleep schedules or poor sleeping habits can often be the cause of a number of health related concerns.

Good quality sleep is an essential part of healthy living and when you are deprived of it, the most common symptoms include:

• Moodiness and irritability
• The tendency to emotionally ‘explode’ at the slightest provocation
• Hyperactive behaviour
• Grogginess when they wake up in the morning
• Reluctance to get out of bed in the morning.
• Reduced alertness
• Shortened attention span
• Slower than normal reaction time
• Reduced decision-making skills
• Poorer memory
• Reduced concentration
• Reduced work efficiency
• Loss of motivation

An article published in the Medical Journal of Australia, advised that an evaluation of the sleep habits of Australians demonstrates that disrupted sleep, inadequate sleep duration, daytime fatigue, excessive sleepiness and irritability are highly prevalent (20%–35%). While about half of these problems are attributable to specific sleep disorders, the balance appears largely due to poor sleep habits or choices to limit sleep opportunity.

The economic impact of sleep disorders includes costs to Australia of $5.1 billion per year of which $800 million are direct health care costs of the disorders and of other medical conditions attributable to them, with the balance of $4.3 billion mainly attributable to productivity losses and non-health costs of sleep loss-related accidents.

How much sleep is enough?
The National Institute of Health suggested that average school-age children need to sleep at least 10 hours daily, teens around 9-10 hours, and the adults 7-8 hours minimum.
Suggestions on how to improve your sleeping patterns:
• Make a habit of going to bed and waking up at the same hours every day
• Avoid large meals right before bedtime
• Avoid sugar, caffeine or alcohol in hours before bedtime
• Avoid using electronic equipment in bed
• Practice relaxation techniques such as mindfulness meditation.

If you feel you may need help with improving your current sleeping habits or you can relate to the symptoms above, please contact Affinity Allied Health today on 03 8692 2626 or to have a discussion with our psychologist Emma Cholakians.
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