Are you Getting Enough Sleep?

04.10.18 Learn Blog SumoSalad

It’s Sleep Awareness Week and according to the Sleep Health Foundation, Australia is in the grip of a sleep deprivation epidemic that is dragging down the nation’s productivity, risking safety and damaging mental health.

Their research has found 33 to 45 per cent of adults sleep either poorly or not long enough most nights, leaving them to face the new day with fatigue, irritability and other side effects of sleep deprivation.

Sleep Awareness Week in Australia runs from the 1st to the 7th of October and this year the Sleep Health Foundation is focusing its attention on the role of caffeine in our society, asking the question, Could caffeine be masking a sleep disorder? Find out more about Sleep Awareness Week and take part in their national survey over on their website.

To find out more about why sleep is so important for our wellness and what we can do to make sure we’re getting enough of it we spoke to award-winning wellbeing company, Kamwell.

We spend approximately 1/3 of our lives asleep. Yet, to many of us, sleep is just something that happens at the end of the day, with little thought given to its importance. As a result, we are sleeping worse than ever before with far-reaching consequences for health and wellbeing. Sleep is a time of rich neurological activity – a time for repair, restoration and renewal, memory consolidation, cognitive maintenance and growth; we need it to feel balanced, energised, focussed and happy.

Here are our Kamwell’s top tips for getting a good night’s shut eye:

  • The foundation for good sleep is laid from the moment you wake and continues throughout the day – eat breakfast, take regular breaks, stay hydrated, exercise.
  • Make sleep a priority – give yourself a regular sleep and wake time. This helps your body become accustomed to a healthy bedtime routine.
  • Eat more avocados, almonds, beetroot, oats and bananas – they contain sleep-promoting nutrients.
  • Create your own personalised wind-down routine – this could include a bath, listening to music, gentle stretching, reading or meditation.
  • Turn your bedroom into a quiet and peaceful sanctuary – ensure it is free of clutter and tech devices, keep lighting low and consider its temperature.

Kamwell is an award-winning employee wellbeing company that works with organisations to transform the health and wellbeing of their people, creating thriving, purposeful, human centred workplaces. Find our more about them here.

For more sleep related help you can also watch Dr Zac as he talks food-based sleep hacks.


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