According to a survey conducted by Opinion Matters on 5,007 adults in the UK in January 2013, on behalf of The Sleep Council, 70% Britons are sleeping for seven hours or less per night, while more than 27% of the adults are experiencing poor quality of sleep on a regular basis. The survey added that since 2010, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of Britons sleeping for just 5-6 hours per night.
But why is a good night sleep so important? Statistics might reveal why a person needs to make an effort to improve their sleeping habits. After getting a good night sleep, 41% of Britons felt positive, 33% felt happy and the remaining felt productive.
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Why are We Not Sleeping?
To get through the day, many people rely on large amounts of caffeine, in the form of tea or coffee. Insomnia is common among people whose daily intake of caffeine exceeds 600mg a day. Stress and anxiety from our daily lives is also a major contributor to insomnia.
Those who consume alcohol on a regular basis might have noticed that while it can immediately make them feel sleepy, after some time, other effects start becoming obvious. Since, alcohol acts as a diuretic, it increases the production of urine. This leads one to wake up several times a night to empty the bladder, disrupting the sleep pattern.
How can we forget the role of technology in disrupting sleep? Many people are in the habit of watching their favourite TV show before they sleep. A gripping show is not only psychologically stimulating, but the blue light from most TV screens makes the brain believe that it is still daytime, restricting us from sleeping.
Consequences of Not Sleeping
If you are experiencing excessive sleepiness, daytime fatigue, yawning and irritability during the day, without a doubt, you are sleep deprived. Lack of adequate sleep can make you feel groggy and grumpy, which can easily annoy people around you as well. The importance of getting proper sleep cannot be overlooked.
According to research published by NHS, sleeping less than six hours a night makes us 12% more likely to die prematurely than someone who sleeps up to eight hours. Scary, isn’t it? Just like we need food and oxygen to survive, our body needs proper sleep to function well. It is during sleep that our body heals itself and restores its chemical balance. It is also the time when our brain creates new connections and retains memory. Over time, with the lack of sleep, our mental abilities are drained and our physical health is put at risk, making us prone to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and depression.
However, if you are facing problems in sleeping, improve your “sleep hygiene” by taking electrical devices like TVs and laptops out of the bedroom, while keeping the space dark and warm. Add a touch of comfort and luxury to aid sleep with the use of beautiful, high quality, designer bedding sets and collections.