Sleep problems

It is estimated that 1 in 3 Australians suffer some form of sleep problem1.  So how do you know if you’re getting the right amount of sleep? The amount of sleep adults need to feel refreshed and alert the next day varies – ranging from less than 6 to more than 9 hours2

If you have problems with staying asleep, getting to asleep or waking up too early and you’re not at your best the next day, you might have a problem with sleep.  When we sleep, not only does the body release the proteins we need for growth and repair, the parts of our brain that control our emotions power down and rest3, so it’s important we learn what causes sleep problems and how to spot them.

What are the signs of sleep problems?

Sleep is important to your emotional and physical wellbeing4 so it’s important that you watch out for some of the signs you’re not getting enough. Things to look out for are:

  • Trouble falling asleep when you go to bed at night
  • Waking up regularly during the night
  • Waking up earlier than you want to
  • Having trouble with concentration, such as dealing with tasks at work
  • Not being as alert as you usually are
  • Falling asleep during the day, such as on the bus or in meetings at work
  • Tasks taking you longer than they usually do
  • Lowered physical performance
  • Feeling fatigue and mood changes  5

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to try to fix your sleeping problems. To see how you fair in the sleep department take the sleep debt check here or click here for remedies to improve your chances of a good night’s sleep. If this condition continues, see your healthcare professional.

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