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HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR SLEEP?

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Sir,

Making your bed reduces your stress levels more than you can imagine. If you keep your bed clean and organised, it will reflect in your entire personal space and your state of mind. It’s important to feel everything in the right place so we can have a more organised mind and, consequently, a more organised life.


We have good days and sometimes we have really bad ones. These are the type of days everyone has from time to time; when we dream about collapsing onto our mattress and curling up in our sheets. When we’re having one of those bad days, it’s a comfortable and relaxing idea to know that we have freshly made beds in our home, waiting for us.


Sleep


Getting enough sleep, and the right type of sleep, is vital for our overall health and well-being. While you sleep, your body works to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. And for children and young people, sleep is how their bodies and minds grow and develop. When you do not get enough sleep, you feel tired, you find it hard to concentrate and remember things and you may become grumpy. Lack of sleep can also impair your judgement and impact your physical coordination. So not getting enough sleep affects the way you feel, think, work, learn and get along with other people.


Challenge


If sleeping is a challenge, or if you often feel tired during the day, you may need to find out what is happening. But the good news is that most sleeping problems are easily fixed. Think about how one bad night’s sleep, or not enough sleep, makes you feel the next day. For many of us, we’re grumpy and irritable, we find it difficult to concentrate, and we have no energy. We can overreact when things don’t go our way, and we may find we are less excited if something good happens. So it is easy to see how ongoing sleeplessness can be a worry.


Long-term sleep deficiency can increase the risk of chronic health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. It can also significantly affect your mood. Sleeplessness and mood disorders are closely linked. And it can work both ways - sleep loss can affect your mood, and your mood can affect how much and how well you sleep.


Studies say people who are sleep deprived report increases in negative moods (anger, frustration, irritability, sadness) and decreases in positive moods. And sleeplessness is often a symptom of mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. It can also raise the risk of, and even contribute to, developing some mood disorders.


Your mood can also affect how well you sleep. Anxiety and stress increase agitation and keep your body awake and alert. You might find that you can’t turn your brain off, your heart beats faster and your breathing is quick and shallow. So getting enough sleep and the right kind of sleep is important.

@Siyabongatwizzydlamini
Mbalenhle Christian Academy

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