Living in Nigeria is very stressful. The impact of environmental pollution from waste and noise cannot be overstated. The daily grind of living here and traffic gridlock in urban cities has likely contributed to the low average life expectancy in the country. To compound this problem, many people find they cannot get a good night’s rest.
Sleep is a vital, often neglected, component of overall health and well-being. Sleep is important because it enables the body to repair and be fit and ready for another day.
There are many important benefits of good sleep. People who get adequate rest from sleeping for the required amount of time have been shown to get sick less often. They also tend to stay at a healthy weight and avoid the problems related to obesity such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and even cancer.
A good night’s rest also has significant mental health benefits. The incidence of depression is lower with good sleep, stress levels are reduced and mood is improved. There is also a good correlation between good sleep and increased work and academic productivity
For people suffering from poor sleep, some tips to improve sleep pattern include increasing bright light exposure during the day, reducing consumption of caffeine late in the day, reducing excessive alcohol intake especially at night, reducing irregular or long daytime naps and trying to sleep and wake at consistent times. Persistent poor sleep may require the intervention of a trained professional.
To perform at your optimal levels daily, a good night’s sleep is imperative.