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Ever heard the expression that someone“ woke up on the wrong side of the bed?”. We usually say that when someone is in a bad mood as an assumption that they didn’t get enough sleep. Sleep is often taken for granted as a mundane aspect of our daily lives. Sleep problems can have a profound impact on a person's quality of life, affecting their mood, energy levels, and cognitive abilities.
As we celebrate World Sleep Day on March 17th, it's essential to understand the importance of sleep and how we can improve it. Adequate sleep is essential for maintaining cognitive functioning, emotional regulation, and overall psychological resilience. Research has consistently shown that poor sleep habits and sleep deprivation can have a significant impact on mental health, contributing to a range of mental health issues.
What can cause problems with sleep?
Fortunately, there are many ways to improve the quality of our sleep. Here are some tips to help you get a better night's rest:
Good sleep hygiene is a learned activity that takes time and commitment. Better sleep increases our ability to focus and concentrate, regulate our emotions and gain better balance in our day-to-day lives. This World Sleep Day, let's make a commitment to prioritize our sleep and encourage others to do the same. Join a session in the Panda Forest at 10:30am, 3pm or 7pm to learn more tips on practicing sleep hygiene on 17 March.
Posted by Khwezi Mabunda