16 March 2023 — Wellness

The importance of sleep

Have you ever had a night where you tossed and turned, unable to get a good night’s sleep? We’ve all been there. But, did you know that consistently getting enough quality sleep is crucial to our overall health and well-being? In fact, research shows that a good night’s sleep can have a significant impact on our lives.

According to the Sleep Health Foundation, an estimated 33-45% of Australian adults experience inadequate sleep. This lack of sleep can lead to a range of negative health outcomes, including an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. But what exactly constitutes a good night’s sleep, and how can we achieve it?

The recommended amount of sleep for adults is between 7-9 hours per night, with consistent sleep and wake times. Sleep quality is also important, as the National Sleep Foundation notes that “quality sleep is uninterrupted, deep, and restful.” This means minimising disruptions such as noise or light and creating a comfortable sleep environment.

If you struggle with setting boundaries and creating a comfortable sleep environment, click here to read more as Alyssia founder of The Sleep Movement takes us through boundaries, what they are and why they are so important for a great night’s sleep. 

So what are the benefits of getting enough quality sleep? 

For one, it can improve our mental health. According to a survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, people who reported poor sleep were more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. Additionally, quality sleep can boost cognitive function, allowing us to retain information better and make decisions.

But the benefits don’t stop there. Getting enough sleep can also improve our physical health. Studies have shown that inadequate sleep can lead to weight gain, as it affects hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism. On the other hand, getting enough sleep can help us maintain a healthy weight and reduce our risk of chronic diseases.

If you struggle getting a deep, well rested sleep, look at integrating INTU Sleep & Skin Renewal into your nightly routine. This super powder packs a sleep aid for your body and mind, and a beauty drink for your skin. Besides Lemon Balm and Passionflower, which has been traditionally been used in Western herbal medicine to relieve restless sleep, it features a blend of magnesium glycinate and magnesium citrate, the type that sends signals throughout the nervous system and brain to calm and relax your body, plus lowers cortisol, the so-called “stress hormone”, helping to relieve mild anxiety and depression.

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