Why Sleep is Important

Diet and exercise are crucial to good health. But what people often forget is sleep. The lack of a good night’s sleep can lead to several health issues that impact you daily life and productivity.

1. Rest and Restoration

Getting a solid 7-8 hours of sleep every night is crucial because that’s the time for your body to rest and recharge. Heart rate, metabolism and all other bodily functions slow down during sleep, giving them the much needed rest after the days activities. This is also time for the brain to form and store memories. 

 

Lack of sleep means your body hasn’t had enough rest, and hence leaves you feeling tired during the day. Working late at night, shift work, jet lag, sleep apnea and insomnia are some of the causes for poor quality of sleep, leading to fatigue and low productivity.

2. Sleep and Mood Swings

A good night’s sleep keeps you fresh and rejuvenated at whatever you do. The lack of it can cause irritability, headache, even anxiety and mild depression, thus causing mental health problems. Studies show that subjects who slept for four and a half hours per night reported feeling more stressed, sad, angry, and mentally exhausted. 

 

The term “sleep on it” is more than just a motivational phrase. Sleeping helps your brain rest and process information, and thus open up new solutions and ideas when you wake up.

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3. Sleep and Blood Pressure

Sleep regulates the stress hormones in the body and helps your nervous system remain healthy. So continued sleep deprivation can impact your body’s ability to manage stress hormones and consequently lead to high blood pressure. This can severely affect your cardiovascular health, creating the risk of hypertension, stroke and other related health challenges.

4. Sleep and Diabetes

Sleep also regulates how your body reacts to glucose regulating hormones and thus has an impact on your blood sugar. Poor quality sleep leads to less of the hormone released in your body after eating, while also releasing more cortisol or stress hormones.  This impacts the already low glucose hormone’s ability to do its job, which leads to high blood sugar, increasing your chances of developing diabetes. Additionally, if you are already struggling with diabetes, lack of sleep can make it difficult to effectively control it.

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Home Sleep Test - All You Need to Know

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A Home Sleep Test (HST) is the easiest way to find out if you have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea. The HST simplifies the procedure so don’t have to visit a hospital, but rather take the test from the comfort of your home. 


With ResMed, you receive an HST kit with a pre-assembled test device that you put on before your sleep. The device measures breathing, airflow, heart rate and the level of oxygen in your blood.


Once the test is done, we collect back the kit and our trained sleep professionals analyze your sleep data. Based on that we share your report, along with recommendations on what to do next if you are diagnosed with sleep apnea.

 

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Sleep is crucial for a healthy and active life. And if you're not having a good night's sleep, it's time to do something about it. 

 

You can get in touch with our Sleep Coach at ResMed, to understand and identify the issues with your sleep. Or you can take the Home Sleep Test, and find out if you've been living with sleep apnea. 

 

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