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The Power of Sleep

I'll be honest, I have a crappy sleep schedule, and I know it. I definitely notice how much more productive I am once I've slept for a proper amount of time compared to my usual (living off of 2 hours of sleep); because I kept scrolling through my phone or watching my favorite series on Netflix.


Back to the topic of discussion "SLEEP," a university study found out that college and university students are only getting 6 hours of sleep on average.


Technology has really caused some major issues with me trying to fall asleep at night because now I can't sleep without any sort of distraction. Then I'm on my computer early in the morning doing work, and then it's a regular cycle of technology with me 24/7 every day of the week.

Sleeping the recommended daily amount of 7-8 hours helps regulate our fat-burning systems, improves concentration, planning, and memory skills.


The consequences of sleep deprivation can affect your weight, even possibly gaining, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety — also, a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.

Other consequences for sleep deprivation: -weakened immune system - shorter attention span - lower grades - higher risk getting into a car accident, 1 in 5 car accidents are caused by tired drivers


Here are just some stats: *Commonly, 45% of teens don't sleep the recommended nine hours on school nights, 25% of them reported falling asleep in class at least once a week.


The idea is to reset the body's natural sleep-wake cycle, this is a matter of training our bodies to sleep similar amounts every night and wake up at roughly the same time each day. An even better way to rediscover our natural cycle is to get as much exposure to natural light during the day while limiting how much indoor lighting is absorbed, including computers and televisions, that we see at night. And of course, the best way to accomplish this is by making those seven to nine hours of sleep a must, not a luxury.


For better sleep:


  • Turn off technology at least an hour or two before you go to bed ( I know I'm usually scrolling on Instagram until I pass out)

  • Take a bath or shower

  • Make your room as dark as possible ( some people may need it to sleep, so use a night light if needed instead)

  • De-stress (color, draw, play guitar)

  • Drink herbal tea

  • Go to bed with relaxing music

  • Make sure you don't go to bed on an empty stomach

  • If you have too much going on, write everything down, so you are not stressing yourself out before you go to bed.

Resources:

https://elemental.medium.com/the-social-power-of-sleep-6c43caf5ef6b https://www.nowfoods.com/now/nowledge/how-sleep-better-night

https://www.uhs.uga.edu/sleep

https://time.com/3326565/the-power-of-sleep/





#Sleepawareness #Mentalhealth #Studentlife #Life #Challenges

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