Starved of sleep and stressed to the max? Tired all day, poor memory, irritable, feeling anxious or depressed? Does this sound like you? Insomnia is a condition that is all too common. Research shows that between 13- 33% of Australian adults have problems getting to sleep or staying asleep. Lack of sleep may in turn cause emotional or mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. And not getting to sleep and continually waking and being awake during the night can, in itself, cause you to feel more anxiety, making the problem worse. Research shows that adults who have fewer than 7 hours sleep a night have more difficulty concentrating and more mood problems than people who sleep between 7-9 hours, and over 80% of people diagnosed with depression reported disturbed sleep. So good quality sleep is essential for our wellbeing.
Here are some easy, daily habits that can be done to support a good nights sleep:
Diet also plays a central role in sleep and there are many nutrients the body requires to make melatonin. For more information and for a personalised sleep hygiene appraisal make an appointment with our Naturopath Jeanette Gee who can formalise a plan of action to help you sleep better.
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