Sleep is a vital part of our daily routine, just as important as breathing, eating, and drinking. We spend roughly one-third of our lives sleeping, and it plays a crucial role in our physical and mental health.
It’s World Sleep Day on 17th March 2023, and we thought we’d delve a little deeper into why we need sleep and the benefits it provides, particularly for anyone with a bladder or bowel condition.
Why Do We Need Sleep?
Sleep helps to restore and repair the body, and as stoma patients may be recovering from surgery, the power of a good night’s sleep shouldn’t be underestimated. Lack of sleep can affect our cognitive abilities, mood, and overall health.
The Benefits of Sleep
Getting enough sleep is crucial for maintaining optimal health and well-being. Sleep helps to:
- Improve memory and cognitive function
- Regulate mood and emotional well-being
- Strengthen the immune system
- Promote physical recovery and repair
- Regulate appetite and metabolism
- Improve cardiovascular health
Lack of sleep over a long period can have consequences on our physical and mental health. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to:
- Increased risk of accidents and injuries
- Impaired cognitive function and memory
- Reduced immune function and increased susceptibility to illnesses
- Weight gain and obesity
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes
- Mood disorders such as anxiety and depression
Tips for Better Sleep
Getting enough sleep is critical for our overall health and well-being. Here are some tips for better sleep:
- Stick to a regular sleep-wake schedule (even at the weekend!)
- Create a relaxing bedtime routine – switch off your phone or tablet at least an hour before bed
- Create a sleep-conducive environment – read a book or take a relaxing bath
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime
- Exercise as regularly as your health allows
- Manage stress and anxiety
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