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I can normally run with little sleep for a few months then my brain function becomes a bit foggy ’
MOST of us are not getting enough sleep each night.
According to 75 voters who took part in the Riverine Herald’s online poll, 78 per cent are getting less than seven hours sleep a night.
And only 22 per cent get eight or more hours.
Between seven and nine hours is recommended for adults.
Alarmingly, 23 per cent are getting less than five hours.
Echuca’s Cassandra Holdroyd one of them.
She gets between three to four hours a night.
‘‘I can normally run with little sleep for a few months then my brain function becomes a bit foggy and I get a little short tempered,’’ she said.
‘‘I started not sleeping after having kids, having a premmie baby where I needed to wake every four hours, then a child who had seizures with a breathing alarm.
‘‘As a single mum, that really is concreted the not requiring much sleep to function too.’’
Researchers from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) are highlighting the importance of sleep for mental health and wellbeing as part of Mental Health Week.
NeuRA Sleep and Breathing Lab research scientist Hanna Hensen said sleep influenced the function of key organs in the body and played an important role in our 24-hour biological rhythm.
‘‘It is during sleep several brain processes take place, memory consolidation occurs and neural connections are strengthened,’’ Dr Hensen said.
‘‘Sleep is also an important time for processing information we have accumulated across the day; and inadequate or poor sleep can have a direct impact on mental health affecting depression, anxiety and emotional instability.
‘‘A good night sleep can improve mental health, general wellbeing and boost workplace productivity.’’
Good sleep starts with good habits which can be introduced at home.
Dr Hensen suggests a regular sleep routine and bed time, not using your smart phone one hour before going to sleep to avoid blue light stimulation, bringing the lights down in your environment and avoiding caffeine after 4pm.
Everyone is encouraged to start a new sleep routine to ensure they support their mental health and wellbeing. MEMBER for Farrer Sussan Ley is encouraging interested local communities across the electorate to apply for Australian Government funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.
Marking the official end of Australia’s Anzac Centenary Program, applications open next month to help support projects or activities in our region which will commemorate the end of World War I.
Ms Ley said the Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018 is one of the most important remembrance periods in our history, allowing us to properly acknowledge servicemen and women from all conflicts who “fought for a just and secure peace”.
“One-off grants from $3000 are available, and I encourage anyone in Farrer who wants to contribute to this significant moment in our nation’s history to submit an expression of interest through my office,” Ms Ley said.
“An independent local committee will assess each application to ensure we commemorate this centenary with the respect and prominence it deserves,” she said.
Each of Australia’s federal electorates has been allocated $50,000 to mark the occasion.
The Anzac Centenary Program began with the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first convoy of ships to the war.
It will conclude on the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice on November 11 next year. ■ For details call 1300 303 203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org