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Get in control of your nightly rest - a new guide from NewScientist

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We recently read an article in the NewScientist on how to 'sleep the good sleep'. We loved it and thought we would share some of their ideas and advice. We've split it into nine parts so you and your patients will build a practical guide to sleep, find out why we sleep and how we can become a master of our nightly rest.

In this part, how is the fast paced nature of 2016 effecting our sleep?

Food, water & shut-eye?
We know sleep is as vital as food or water and is the foundation of health - the other two pillars (diet and exercise) rely heavily on it for them to work properly. Its primal function is still a mystery, but as it stands we know it acts as a reset for our body and a chance to heal from the day's activities.

What's the problem?
"There is no tissue within the body and no process within the brain that is not enhanced by sleep, or demonstrably impaired when you don't get enough", says Matt Walker from the University of California. On an everyday level, too little sleep interferes with your emotions and ability for good decision-making and then it extends into more permanent conditions. It can effect metabolic diseases like obesity and type 2 diabetes, as well as poor mental health - depression, bipolar and neurological diseases like Alzheimers.

The 21st century impact
39% of people in the USA take their mobile phone to bed and use it whilst trying to sleep. It's a similar story back home. On average we are sleeping less than we did 50 years ago due to our over-connectivity with the usual suspects (mobile phones, internet etc.). Throughout the next 9 parts to this series you'll learn how you and your patients can sleep easy every night.


 

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