Sleep

Q. Do you al­ways get a good night’s sleep?

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A) No, I fre­quently wake up feel­ing tired B) I usu­ally sleep well C) I sleep like a baby

Health ex­perts say that it’s im­por­tant to have a good night’s sleep as con­stantly hav­ing a dis­turbed rest pe­riod can have an im­pact on your health. Which isn’t ex­actly rocket science, it’s a well known fact that not get­ting enough sleep isn’t good for you, but did you know it’s less about how many hours sleep you get, and more about the qual­ity? As we age it is likely that the length of time we sleep for each night re­duces, which is per­fectly healthy - it’s more im­por­tant to sleep well. The key to know­ing whether you’ve had a good night’s sleep or not, is whether you wake up feel­ing rested or tired. If you do wake up feel­ing ex­hausted regularly, the ad­vice is to set up a bed­time rou­tine and stick to it. Med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als sug­gest that peo­ple who strug­gle to sleep, should avoid drink­ing al­co­hol as it can act as a stim­u­lant, as will any drinks that con­tain caf­feine, such as fizzy juice, cof­fee, and even tea. Like­wise, if you do find it dif­fi­cult to get a good nights sleep, it’s rec­om­mended that you stop us­ing your phone or tablet an hour be­fore you’re due to go to bed as these de­vices can trick your brain into think­ing it’s still day­time.

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