Sleep. We love it, but a lot of us simply aren’t getting enough of it. Lack of sleep can have a huge impact on your health – and if you’re not getting between seven and nine hours per night, then you could be affected!
Not getting enough sleep can disrupt your body’s biological clock, which seriously affects the function of your metabolism, immune system and bodily repair mechanisms. You’re also at higher risk of becoming unwell, having a heart attack or stroke, and even getting cancer. And remember, your brain needs to rest too – failure to do so may mean that you will have a harder time creating new memories and grasping new concepts when learning.
Here are five of the most common things affecting our ability to get a good nights rest:
1. Artificial light
Scrolling through Facebook before bed? Watching TV before trying to doze off? Bad idea. By doing this, you are exposing yourself to a ton of blue spectrum light, which interferes with the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin. It is recommended that you avoid the use of such devices at least one hour before you plan to go to bed. If you simply can’t bear to be parted from your device, then you may want to think about switching on the ‘Night Shift’ feature in order to adjust the light tint to a more sleep-friendly setting.