Sleep Health

Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information.

Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. It is important to take sound, evidence-based advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep. For example, there are simple ways to improve your 'sleep hygiene', such as managing the light, noise and temperature in your bedroom and changing your exercise, drinking and even eating routines.

Sleep deprivation has been associated with a higher mortality risk. Economic modelling of data from some OECD countries found that individuals who sleep fewer than six hours a night on average have a 13 per cent higher mortality risk than people who sleep at least seven hours.

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