I am sure you have heard many people say ‘make sure to get your 7-8 hours of sleep each night’. The problem is that just doing that isn’t enough! You’re still waking up feeling tired, sluggish and frequently exhausted during the day, your mind is slow and foggy and you are unable to fall asleep at night even though you are exhausted.
Good sleep is not just about the number of hours you sleep but more about making the hours you do sleep a remarkably restful, restorative and rejuvenating sleep – a term called sleep efficiency.
Poor sleep efficiency does not just decrease your energy levels and increase daytime sleepiness and fatigue but also affects your immune system, stress hormones, metabolism, memory and mood. Studies have shown that even partial sleep deprivation has a significant effect on mood. Sleep does not only affect mood, but mood can also affect sleep. Can you relate to a time where you might have been more anxious than usual and found it hard to get to sleep at night?