Make Sleep a Priority
Focus on just one thing for 2018: SLEEP
A.H. Beard has declared 2018 the year of better sleep! By making sleep a priority this year, you’ll be on your way to improving your overall health and wellbeing.
Sleep is now recognised as the third pillar of health, along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, but four in 10 Aussies and one in four Kiwis are not getting enough sleep.
Inadequate sleep affects our decision making, our ability to perform everyday tasks, and maintain relationships. Lack of sleep can also lead to serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
Sleep also very much affects how we view ourselves and the world around us. Being well-slept maximises our self–esteem and sense of optimism, and so it is not surprising then that, when chronically sleep deprived, we are five times more likely to develop depression.
When we get the sleep we need on a regular basis we are healthier, happier, more motivated, dynamic and better thinkers. We are also more likely to eat and exercise well. Just in case we need more convincing, research shows that we even look more attractive!
So if sleep is so important, why is it one of the first things we’re willing to sacrifice as the demands in our lives increase? We continue to be more health conscious in our eating habits, exercising and lifestyle choices, but many of us overlook the impact of sleep on our overall health.
How much sleep we actually need depends on what stage of life we are in. So, how much sleep do you actually need? Stop hitting the snooze button, and make changes to ensure 2018 is your year of better sleep.