There's a very close relationship between sleep and mental health. Living with a mental health problem can affect how well we sleep, and poor sleep can have a negative impact on our mental health.While there is ongoing research to better understand the connections between mental health and sleep, the evidence to date points to the fact that sleep problems may be both a cause and result of mental health conditions.
Getting quality sleep during pregnancy and during postpartum is very important for both mother and baby. However, women often experience sleep disturbances and worsening sleep quality throughout pregnancy and after the baby is born.Sleep problems for mothers begin as early as pregnancy and there is evidence that sleep structure never quite returns to pre- pregnancy levels after birth.
Are we able to reimagine a world where clean air, water and food are available to all? Where economies are focused on health and well-being? Where cities are liveable and people have control over their health and the health of the planet?
For many people, getting enough sleep each night can be a challenge. Not getting enough sleep can have serious consequences on your health and interfere with your daily life. Yet, how do you know if your sleep problems are serious enough to be deemed as chronic?
Sleep disorders can lead to distress and discomfort, impaired daytime functioning, and serious physical and mental health complications. According to some theorists, the ancient Greek philosopher, Democritus, believed that poor nutrition was the main cause of insomnia. If you have been experiencing sleep issues, someone may have recommended you take magnesium supplements.
Shift work is common across the globe, and not just for police, nurses and bakers. Public transport, supermarkets, factories and online shopping services operate 24 hours a day, requiring staff to do shift work or night shift. Any shift between 7pm and 6am is considered to be night shift work and research shows shift workers get between 1 and 4 hours less sleep than daytime workers.
Adam Cox is joined by Ana Brito, Sleep8's resident sleep coach, insomnia expert and therapist, ahead of Sleep Awareness Week to discuss why so many Brits are struggling to get a good night's rest. They look at what the major sleep issues affecting the UK are, and Ana offers advice to listeners and explains the resources Sleep8 offer.
Do you find yourself constantly feeling tired, or telling friends and colleagues how little sleep you had last night? If your sleep is continuously disrupted, despite trying all the tips and tricks in the book for getting adequate zzz’s, it’s possible that you could have a sleep disorder such as insomnia or narcolepsy.
We know that sleep plays an essential role in our health and wellbeing, and that we need to get enough sleep to function properly throughout the day. But what do we really know about it? Are some of the assumptions we make about sleep really true?
Insomnia is a disorder that affects almost 30% of adults, characterised by persistent and ongoing difficulty falling or staying asleep despite adequate opportunities for sleep. Symptoms of insomnia can be debilitating, affecting your day to day life, work, relationships, and long-term health. In fact, while there are many causes and contributing factors, a diagnosis of insomnia hinges on the impact that poor sleep has directly on your ability to carry out day to day activities.
When we think of sleep disorders, we often think of insomnia and the inability to fall or stay asleep. Yet, there are other sleep disorders that aren’t as widely understood. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterised by extreme and uncontrollable daytime sleepiness.
Sleep is essential for good health. The fundamental biological processes that happen during sleep allow our bodies to function correctly; our brains store new information, cells are repaired and reorganised, and molecules, hormones, and proteins are released, energising us and helping us to get the most out of our time asleep.
Whether or not you suffer from sleep deprivation or insomnia, creating the perfect sleeping environment is a hi hi way to ensure you get the best sleep you can, night after night. Even subtle changes to the design of your bedroom can inspire more restful sleep.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterised by persistent difficulty falling and staying asleep. Living with insomnia can wreak havoc on a person’s daily life, affecting relationships and work, as well as contributing to long-term health issues.
While all experiences of parenthood are unique and different, a common theme is that once you have children, you can say goodbye to restful nights and lie-ins. Juggling endless tasks, tears, and the tantrums of a small human (and sometimes your own!) will leave anyone feeling exhausted. Yet, many parents agree that exhaustion doesn’t even begin to describe the struggle. A lack of sleep can magnify the already-difficult challenges of life as a parent.
Each year, World Health Day is celebrated on April 7th, spreading awareness of the importance of health and access to healthcare and providing an opportunity to shine a light on important public health issues affecting people all over the world. With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the lives and health of many people all around the world, 2021 is a particularly important year for World Health Day.
Many factors in our environment can affect how we sleep, from light, to noises, to our bedding or the temperature of our room. We also know that how we spend our day can influence the quality of rest we get at night, from the foods we eat, to whether or not we get sufficient physical activity.
Light is one of the biggest environmental factors affecting how we sleep. Yet, the relationship between light and sleep is deeper and more complex than simply turning the lights off at bedtime. There’s a lot we can learn about light, and by adjusting how much and when we’re exposed to it, we can make our sleep environment and bedtime routines better, and get better quality sleep.
March 19th marks the 14th annual World Sleep Day, a global call to action about the importance of healthy sleep. Created by the World Sleep Society (WSS), it’s a day for researchers, health professionals, and people to come together in recognition of the important impact that sleep has on our health, and the many ways that sleep problems can affect our health and happiness.
Are you lying awake at night worrying about the world? You’re not alone. Challenges caused by COVID-19 are stopping people everywhere from getting sufficient sleep, but there are things you can do to help.