Sleep problems are common and inadequate sleep, of either duration or quality, and its daytime consequences are very common in Australian affecting 45% of adults, the Sleep Health Foundation at the University of Adelaide have reported.
These problems occur across all age groups and it’s getting worse.The effect of the ‘24/7 society’ is profound.
Sleep problems have a major effect on work performance.
In a study from the Sleep Health Foundation they reported…
- in the past month 17% have missed work because they were sleepy
- 17% have also fallen asleep on the job
- in the past 3 months 29% of adults report making errors at work due to sleepiness or sleep problems
- people with sleep problems are significantly more likely to report decreased work productivity (as assessed on the Stanford Presenteeism Scale)
If the habit of playing games on your phone or checking social media as the last thing you do before bed, the experts tell us you are asking for trouble. It’s a recipe for stressing your body physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Even if you don’t think you have a sleep problem, your night-time habits might be reducing your quality of life more than you think, experts say.
Research has shown a clear link between technology use before bed and compromised sleep that affects our health and wellbeing.
As South Australiansleep researcher Dr Sarah Blunden puts it: “Sleep is the foundation of all physical and mental health essentially. That sounds very radical but it’s true.”
Professor Hillman believes that a radical rethink is necessary as it’s worth going further and asking yourself a more fundamental question that some might consider radical: Are you simply doing too much?
Sure, technology can entertain, engage and enthral us, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have times where we decide to simply turn it off, he argues.
“We’ve got all these tools. We don’t have dark and silence anymore. We have light and activity. And we can have that any time we want. Some of us continue to partition that off from our sleep time but a lot of us don’t,” he said.
The result is a brain that is “full on and tries to switch off. But it can’t, because it’s just overloaded”.
“Sleep is under pressure. It’s that bit of life people feel is dispensable. Unfortunately, the physiological facts are that it’s not,” he said.
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