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How much sleep do I need’ is a common question for the team at Wenatex. Did you know that the amount of sleep you need to perform at your best reduces as we go through life? An infant will typically sleep up to 17 hours a day while people over 65 will sleep 7 – 8 hours.

But how do you know you are getting good quality sleep?

You may be asleep, but if you are not going through the 4 stages of sleep you will not be recovering properly, leading to sleep deprivation. Signs of sleep deprivation include:

  • Feeling drowsy or falling asleep while attempting to go about your day
  • Forgetfulness
  • Microsleeps during the day
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep

Is sleep deprivation serious?

So now you are asking yourself, so what if I have sleep deprivation, it’s just sleep. Sleep deprivation is serious and can be a leading cause of:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Issues with your immune system
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory issues
  • Increased risk of heart attack, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes

What can I do?

To improve your quality of sleep, you should consider:

  • Do I have any underlying medical condition contributing to poor sleep such as sleep apnea, insomnia or mental health issues
  • Is my sleep environment conducive to a quality night’s sleep
  • Is my bed and bedding allowing me to have a comfortable, cool and hygienic night’s sleep

Interested to learn more about our FAQ ‘How Much Sleep Do I Need’ or how you can improve your sleep? Get in touch with the Wenatex orthopaedic beds team on 1300 858 139 or email us at enquiries@wenatex.com.au   today!

 Updated: 31/07/2023

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