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Sleep

Why do we need it?

Lack of sleep may result in decreased concentration, low spatial awareness and accident proneness. It may also result in falling asleep at inconvenient times. There is some debate as to how much sleep is enough sleep. This can vary from person to person. It is more important to get quality sleep i.e. getting enough sleep than quantity. Some people can survive on 3-4 hours sleep while others require 6-8hours of both types of sleep in order to function effectively.

What is sleep?

Sleep consists of a number of stages lasting 90-110 minutes. REM is the dream stage and we have 3-5 per night

  1. Quiet stage
  2. Rapid Eye Movement (REM)  
  3. Short periods of wakefulness

Tips for a good night's sleep

Sleeplessness and insomnia

Many people will have occasional problems sleeping, particularly at times of worry or anxiety. If these problems continue for some time and if you do not feel rested during the day then you may want to speak with your GP.

For further information on Sleep visit the EAR webpage and click 'Health', 'Health challenges' and 'Sleep'.  Go to www.ear.co.uk

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Sleep Disorders

For more information on sleep disorders try the following:
http://www.britishsnoring.co.uk/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/sleep/

 

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