What are the sleep stages and how can you better your sleep?

Many experts say good sleep correlates to good health and in our eyes that couldn’t be more accurate. Sleep is probably one of the most important daily activities that an individual partakes in, as it essentially is what keeps us recharged and ready for the day ahead. If an individual does not get the required amount of quality sleep the body is not able to recharge and can leave you feeling moody, easily irritated, experience trouble focusing, make mistakes due to lack of concentration and have a high craving for unhealthy foods which can lead to weight gain.

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Adam Shakespeare
What is happening to your body when you are dreaming?

Did you know that we all spend around a third of our lives sleeping? That tallies up to around 25 years! But why is sleep so important and what is actually happening to our bodies during this dreaming state?

It’s important to note that there are two main types of sleep that we cycle in and out of when we rest, that being - rapid eye-movement (REM) sleep, and non-rapid eye movement (NREM).

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Adam Shakespeare
What happens to your body when you have sleep loss?

Sleep is one element out of our day that should consist of ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation. Though unfortunately, research has revealed that 4 out of 10 Australians are not receiving the required and sufficient 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Neglecting to get a full night’s sleep can cause extreme harm to your overall sense of wellbeing, mental and physical health.

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Adam Shakespeare
The benefits of deep sleep for your body

Sleep is as vital as eating and breathing, but often it is pushed to the side due to work, school and our personal lives. With this being said, we as Australians spend close to $66 billion a year on attempting to get the required daily dose of sleep. Our lack of sleep is having astronomical effects and dramatically impacting on our overall quality of lives.

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Adam Shakespeare
Insomnia and pain—a vicious circle

As a pharmacists you will often be the first port of call for customers with pain and sleep-related disorders. However, the interrelation between the two may not always be recognised. In fact, it can be part of a vicious circle where pain leads to sleep disorders and lack of sleep increases the perception of pain.

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Adam Shakespeare
Circadian rhythm and sleep disturbances

The lives of most living creatures, including humans, are regulated by the predictable rhythm of night and day which is known as Circadian Rhythm. Circadian rhythm influences our body’s physiological functions such as core body temperature, hormonal secretions, heart rate, renal output, and gut motility. When the circadian rhythms are out of harmony with the day-night cycle, people can not only experience sleep disturbances but also other health problems.

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Adam Shakespeare