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?

If you feel tired and irritable, it may be time to take action.

See our our tips below on how to build a sleep routine that sticks.

Quote of the day

The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.

E. Joseph Cossman, author

How to build a good sleep routine