The clocks went back an hour, and the UK gained a whole hour of sleep, but how much did we need that extra hour? educogym Canary Wharf discuss the importance of sleep and the effects of sleep deprivation.
6-8 hours sleep for the average adult is considered the right amount, teenagers should be having up to 11 hours and new born babies around 18 hours. Sleep deprivation is classified when a person has 1-2 hours less sleep per night for 3 days in a row, the effects of just a few days running on less sleep can lead to all sorts of diseases and illnesses, Godfrey Nurse, personal trainer at educogym Canary Wharf explains “When someone is sleep deprived, their body goes through many changes, the basics like a low mood and tiredness are obvious, but being sleep deprived actually lowers your immune system making you prone to colds and other illnesses, working in the holistic health industry, we promote a good night sleep at educogym to our clients, as being tired and in a low mood can also lead to eating quick fix fast foods and weight gain, so sleep is vital to be your healthiest and happiest”.
Humans have 4 stages of sleep, all of them, including REM also known as ‘deep sleep’, are vital for a good night sleep. Mobile phones play a huge part, particularly in teenagers. The blue light emitted from phones is known to disturb sleep, and more and more teenagers, and adults, are using their phones in bed and checking them through the night. “Its an easy trap to fall into, after a long day its so simple to just get in bed, catch up with messages to your friends, social media, even working on your phone late at night, but the hidden dangers of using your phone in bed can lead to a bad night sleep, then sleep deprivation, and onto the effects that come from sleep deprivation like obesity, immune system issues, colds and illnesses, the best thing to do is put your phone away from your bed and just go to sleep, the messages can wait until the morning” urged Orlstyne Wilson, personal trainer at educgogym Canary Wharf.
Research has shown that overall it is women that struggle with sleep more than men, and getting to sleep is also a huge part of sleep issues around the world, Godfrey Nurse, educogym Canary Wharfs personal trainer gives his tips on getting to sleep “at educogym Canary Wharf we focus a lot on the mind, and how the conscious and unconscious mind affect our lives, training and even sleep, we actually have available relaxation CD’s, these are a great way to unwind either before bed or when you go to sleep, clearing your mind of the days stresses make it much easier to fall asleep as you won’t be laying their stressing about things that happened as you would have cleared them from your mind, and relaxation and meditation should help calm and relax you to help you get to sleep”.
“Focusing on getting a good night sleep is clearly important for your mind and your health, getting enough sleep every day is just as important as drinking water or eating food, you wouldn’t not eat for a whole day as you wouldn’t feel well, so why would you not get a good night sleep if it can make you just as unwell?” questioned Orlstyne Wilson, personal trainer at educogym Canary Wharf.
So the answer is loud and clear, get enough sleep and you will feel happier, be healthier, and your body will work at its optimum level. Let us know your thoughts!