Work, family stress causing you to miss out on sleep? Here are some tips

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Ayesha Yon

197 days ago
Work, family stress causing you to miss out on sleep? Here are some tips Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash

Prolonged sleep deprivation can lead to your body to produce stress hormones just to keep you awake and alert during the day. Long-term this can lead to medical problems like obesity, hypertension and diabetes.

Tracey Lange turns to Sleep Doctor, Dr Yashica Khalawan for tips for a peaceful night's rest.

People see sleeping as a form of relaxation, and they don't actually realise that sleep is a physiological and cognitive function that we need.

Dr Yashica Khalawan

How long should we sleep?

You have to have a minimum of 7 hours every night for an adult... 7-9 hours is the range that one should look at, but nothing under 7 hours is actually going to be feasible for your body to do.

Dr Yashica Khalawan

I know a lot of people run on less sleep, but it is not advisable.

Dr Yashica Khalawan

Covid-19 lockdown has caused heightened stress levels and disrupted sleep patterns.

There's been a massive change in all of our daily routines. We've been asked to stay at home, school has stopped. We've really changed what we know is our norm.

Dr Yashica Khalawan

In doing so, it's created a lot of anxiety amongst people... Constant anxiety of what's happening... has lead to a heightened sense of alertness... causing problems with falling asleep and staying asleep.

Dr Yashica Khalawan

What steps can we take to improve our sleep?

Set a consistent bedtime and set a consistent wake-up time -- even on the weekends.

Dr Yashica Khalawan

Avoid certain types of foods like tea, coffee, fizzy drinks at least 4-6 hours before you fall asleep.

Dr Yashica Khalawan

Create an environment that supports sleep... A lot of us have taken our work home, we're working in our bedrooms, we're sleeping in our bedrooms... we need to associate our bed and our bedrooms with sleep specifically.

Dr Yashica Khalawan

Listen to Tracey Lange's full conversation with Dr Yashica Khalawan below.

Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash

This article first appeared on KFM : Work, family stress causing you to miss out on sleep? Here are some tips

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