Self-care Week: Why sleep matters and how to get enough of it
Friday, 20 November · 1 min read
Sleeping well and waking up refreshed isn’t always that easy — especially if you have many thoughts or worries going through your mind.
But getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night is important for your general wellbeing. This is because it helps to:
reduce stress - by helping your body relax
improve your mental wellbeing - by reducing your risk of developing conditions like depression and anxiety in the long term
boost your immune system
improve memory, learning and concentration
maintain a healthy weight - by reducing your likelihood of snacking or eating more food due to a lack of energy
boost heart health - by improving the regulation of your blood pressure and blood sugar levels
Sleep quality is just as important as quantity, so consider how you feel when you wake up in the morning and during the day. Do you feel energised and able to focus on what you’re doing? Or do you feel tired and irritable?