Along with nutritious food and regular exercise, getting enough sleep is a key foundation of wellbeing. While we usually recognise the worth of sleep in terms of children’s wellbeing, it’s often the first thing we sacrifice when things are busy.
Research shows adults need around 7-8 hours of sleep per night, with on average 1-2 hours of that before midnight to keep your circadian rhythm working optimally. Anything less than this and you're asking your mind and body to work on overdrive. In the short term, sleep deficit can increase negative moods such as frustration, irritability, sadness and anger; in the longer term it can contribute to significant health problems.1
Here are some ideas for getting more or better quality sleep:
1Adams R., Appleton S., Taylor A., McEvoy D, and Antic N.: Report to the Sleep Health Foundation
2016 Sleep Health Survey of Australian Adults; The University of Adelaide, The Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health.