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Sleep Disorders

Updated 11 August 2014

Too little sleep can make you fat

Numerous studies have proven the physical and emotional health benefit of getting 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night.

An increase in the amount and quality of shut-eye should be at the top of everyone’s New Year’s Resolution list as numerous studies have proven the physical and emotional health benefit of getting 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night. This is according to Doctor Jacques Snyman, clinical advisor for Resolution Health Medical Scheme.

Read:  6 ways to prevent insomnia

Your first Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep cycle occurs approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep and reoccurs every 90 minutes thereafter, increasing in length the longer you are asleep. The less you sleep, the fewer REM cycles you go through. Energy is provided to your body and brain while your body and muscles are completely relaxed.



– Add a relaxing pre-sleep ritual into your daily routine. For instance a warm bath, reading a book, or a cup of herbal tea.

– Exercise daily.

– Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, coffee and heavy meals 2 – 3 hours before bedtime.

– Create a sleep inducing environment: dark, quiet and cool.

“Getting sufficient sleep is one of the easiest ways to improve your lifestyle and basic health. Thankfully, it’s a rather enjoyable activity to add to your New Year’s Resolution list and not hard to incorporate into your everyday life.” Snyman concludes.





 

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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