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The Importance of Sleep

In honour of Festival of Sleep Day...

Making sure you get enough sleep is not only an important step to making sure you are in a good mood but is a key factor in your health.

We all know someone that turns into bear when they haven’t gotten enough Z’s but here are a few other good reasons to get sufficient shut eye!

  • Long term sleep deprivation can lead to forgetfulness and irritability and result in bad job performance, mood swings, and depression.
  • You are 4 times more likely to have problems concentrating and in your relationships.
  • An estimated 6,000 fatal car accidents occur each year due to drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Your brain needs sleep to regenerate and be at optimal performance.
  • People who get less than 6 hours of sleep on a regular basis are 48% more likely to have heart disease.
  • You are 15 % more likely to suffer a stroke.

Tips to Better Sleep

  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
  • Create a bedtime routine, try to go to bed and get up at the same times every day.
  • Don’t watch tv or read in bed. If you can’t fall asleep get up and read until you feel sleepy.
  • Turn off the electronics. Watching tv or being on your phone stimulates your brain and can make it even harder to get to sleep
  • Soothe yourself. Try calming music, a hot bath or yoga to wind down with.  Essential oils, soft music and dim lighting will create a serene atmosphere to guide you into a peaceful slumber.


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