The Woolcock Institute's Dr Chris Seton gives his expert opinion on sleep problems plaguing Australia and what we can do to ensure we're getting enough shut-eye.
Are we getting enough sleep?
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 20:30
We spend about one third of our lives sleeping. There’s no other activity we engage in more, and it’s as critical to our health as food and water. Put simply, our cognitive abilities deteriorate without sleep.
So, are we getting enough? And, when we are catching z’s, how do we know if the quality of our sleep is enough to sustain the demands of our busy lives?
We live in a 24-hour society of smart phones, emails, text messages, and Twitter feeds. We call on stimulants like caffeine to keep us awake, and often turn to alcohol to send us to sleep. Is there a fast and fool-proof way to re-set our circadian rhythms, and how do we counteract the impact of so much screen-time?
This week, Insight explores the sleep problems plaguing Australians.
We hear from a doctor who says fatigue often strikes in the emergency room, a shift worker whose extreme sleep deprivation led doctors to conclude he’d suffered a stroke, and a sleep scientist who champions the power of naps – especially at work. We also learn why 70 per cent of teens are sleep deprived, and examine the link between sleep and mental health.
And we’ll give you some tips on how to better rest when it’s time for shut-eye.
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