We tend to think of sleep as a time when the mind and body shut down, but there’s a lot more going on than you think. While we are sleeping, our brains and bodies are doing lots of hard work. Our brain is processing and memorizing all the information we gathered during the day, and our body is growing muscle, repairing tissue, and synthesizing hormones – all the things needed to restore and rejuvenate.
How many hours of sleep we need to do all that is different for everyone but the experts generally agree that adults need about 7 to 8 hours a night. Because kids have so much growing and learning going on, they need a lot more. So, when the teen in your life is sleeping in till all hours, rest assured he or she is not being lazy – there’s a lot of hard work going on.
A truly restorative sleep depends not just on how many hours you get but also on its quality – in other words, how deeply you are sleeping and whether it’s continuous. If you’re not getting enough quality sleep at the right times, your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and even your safety can be jeopardized.
You might find it hard to concentrate, you’ll probably be irritable or grumpy, and you might experience headaches or tummy troubles. You could be forgetful, or worse, make mistakes or have an accident. Studies have shown that severe sleep deprivation can affect your ability to drive as much as alcohol does.
According to the national public health information service, Healthdirect, around one third of Australians experience insomnia at some point, although only 5% will need professional treatment. Poor sleep habits are the most common cause of insomnia, it says.
There are many reasons why people can’t get to sleep or why they wake up during the night but having a regular routine and a good bed certainly helps with getting a great night’s sleep. Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, Adina Apartment Hotels are designed to be your home away from home, and that means you can be sure of a comfortable bed. Not just any bed, but a Dreamcatcher bed.
TFE’s Dreamcatcher has state-of-the-art technology, excellent back support and a thick pillowtop mattress. Guests love it so much that some even want to take it home. That’s not a problem. TFE has made the Dreamcatcher available for purchase so that you can treat yourself to a lifetime of good shut-eye and ensure that every night feels like a holiday.
If you are enjoying some rest and relaxation at the Vibe Gold Coast, having a city staycation at Rendezvous Melbourne or Rendezvous Sydney Central, or putting your head down to rest at Travelodge Martin Place Sydney or Vibe North Sydney, you can be sure of a good night’s sleep. After a long day, there’s nothing better and it’s vital for your health and wellbeing.
Fun Fact: World Sleep Day - an annual celebration of sleep - is on 13 March 2020.