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Summer and sleep patterns

Posted Sep 22 2008 5:37pm
In the summer the temperature can cause havoc to your sleeping patterns. Some nights it's too warm, and others too cold. Chances are you aren't getting enough sleep. If you're under pressure or facing a deadline, sleep is likely the first thing you let fall by the wayside.

Yet sleep or lack of it, affects our performance in all areas of life. Reduced quality or quantity of sleep contributes to a significant lapse in productivity, alertness and cognititive ability, and increases the risk of injury due to falls, for example. It can also cause friction in relationships becuase of increased irritability and, in the case of some sleep disorders, secondhand sleep disturbance. Untreated sleep disorders are associated with serious medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stoke, obesity, and psychiatric and mood disorders.

How much sleep do you need?

Aah, now that's a mystery- it will vary with individuals but the average adult requires between seven and eight hours of quality sleep in every 24 hour period.

So turn on those fans or air conditioning and try to get some quality sleep-you'll feel better in the long run!

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