• 3 Reasons Not to Skip Sleep This Holiday Season…Plus 3 Tips For Better Sleep

    December 30, 2021 | By Tony Yong

    3 Reasons Not to Skip Sleep This Holiday Season…Plus 3 Tips For Better Sleep

    With the current landscape and the busyness of the holiday season upon us, it’s easy to burn the candle on both ends. Unfortunately, with all of this hustle and bustle, our sleep is the one area that can end up suffering the most.

    Sleep is an essential pillar of health. Along with diet and exercise, sleep health is essential for living well. We spend one-third of our lives sleeping. Anyone who has experienced any disruption in their sleep will attest to the impact on every part of life.

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    3 Reasons Not to Skip Sleep

    The difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, known as insomnia, affects many people. Although the odd sleepless night is not something to worry about, chronic disrupted Sleep can significantly impact our health.

    Although there are many negative health consequences from poor sleep, we wanted to highlight three major areas:

    • Increased Development of Medical Conditions: The odds of having any chronic medical problems are 5x higher for those that struggle with chronic insomnia than those who don’t.
    • Increased Pain Levels: In a 2008 study of the general population, the research highlighted the relationship between sleep duration and following-day pain.  Getting less than six hours (or more than nine hours) of sleep was associated with substantial increases in pain frequency the following day.
    • Decreased Performance Levels: Sleep deprivation makes us less productive even though we think we’re getting ahead. Sleeping less than seven hours per night has been shown to decrease performance testing in alertness, reaction time, memory and decision making.


    Tips for Better Sleep

    Since sleep is a behaviour, it stands to reason that our sleep habits can influence our sleep quality and duration. Here are a few tips to improve your Sleep:


    Tip #1: Keep your Reading, Working and TV Watching out of the Bedroom

    Although one’s bed can seem like a comfortable couch extension, performing activities other than sleep can result in poor behavioural conditioning. These activities become paired with the bedroom, and unfortunately, we lose sleep in the process.


    Tip #2: Avoid Drinking Before Bed to Help You Fall Asleep

    With this busy season, it’s easy to get stressed. And although we may think that an alcoholic drink will help us sleep better, it doesn’t. Alcohol can help you fall asleep more quickly, but studies show that it results in less deep sleep and a fragmented sleep cycle. The result?  Feeling less refreshed and rested the next day.


    Tip #3: Stay away from Falling Asleep in Front of the TV

    Although watching some TV can help us unwind from a busy day, it’s best to avoid falling asleep in front of the TV. Watching TV can be relaxing, but the habit of falling asleep in front of the TV means you are behaviourally pairing sleep with the TV.  Your couch becomes your sleep sanctuary as opposed to your bedroom! When you go to bed, you’ll struggle to fall asleep because your brain has not equated sleep with the bed and bedroom.

    We hope that you have a wonderful holiday season and hope you don’t forget to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep.

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