Feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, TATT, which stands for “tired all the time”. Good quality sleep is important for our physical and mental health.
We all feel tired from time to time. The reasons are usually too many late nights, long hours at work, and a baby keeping you up at night, which all can decrease quality sleep. But tiredness or exhaustion that goes on for a long time is not normal. It can affect your ability to get on and enjoy your life. Unexplained tiredness is one of the most common reasons for people to see their GP.
But it’s not just about how we feel now, good quality sleep is crucial for reducing our risk of health conditions as it’s during sleep that our bodies have time to heal and repair.
Lack of sleep is a growing issue and as a nation we’re sleeping 20% less than 40 years ago. Our changing lifestyles and access to technology means that the distinction between our work and home lives are becoming more blurred. Therefore, it’s increasingly difficult to switch off and relax and this can lead to sleep problems.
Use World Sleep Day to raise awareness of the need for good quality sleep. For further information on improving your sleep go to https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/.
About World Sleep Day on 15th March 2019
World Sleep Day is an annual event organised by the World Sleep Society to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. World Sleep Day is held the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox of each year.
For more information visit www.worldsleepday.org