Why 7 hours of sleep?
Whānau who don't sleep enough end up with hormonal changes that will affect their future body weight and impair their long-term health. To keep their blood glucose levels normal, the people who sleep less than 7 hours need to make 30% more insulin than normal sleepers. And if you don't make enough insulin, you get diabetes.
Women who regularly get fewer than 7 hours of sleep each night may have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure. Although many elderly people have sleep difficulties, these are not necessarily a normal part of ageing. Insomnia may be due to medical conditions or medicines that disrupt sleep, so if you're having trouble sleeping — at any age — it's best to see your doctor for a thorough evaluation.
- Keep regular bedtime hours
- Relax before going to bed (avoid playing rugby right before moemoe!)
- Avoiding food and drinks that contain caffeine
- No devices in the bedroom — turn off that phone!