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03-Sep-2021 - 2 min read

Do you know that sleep is one of the treatment plans in managing COVID? Just sleep right? If you are in doubt, do a little research and see for yourself. Getting enough good quality sleep goes a long way in maintaining and restoring health. I personally look forward to nap/siesta time when I wake up in the morning. Some would advise not to sleep away your future but is there really a future without sleep in it?


 As a person sleeps, their body repairs itself, helping the body and brain function optimally. Without this rest, a person can experience health issues, including headaches. Various studies have actually linked lack of sleep to different types of headaches and reduced pain threshold.


To keep it simple, just know that there are two types of sleep, NREM and REM i.e Non-Rapid Eye Movement sleep and Rapid Eye Movement sleep, we all actually experience both in an entire sleep cycle. Dreaming is also an integral part of sleep mostly in REM which is largely based on your emotions and the events of the day (I recently dreamt I was in Big Brother Naija ).


Your type of dream says a lot about your mental health.  Sleep in itself is simply a cocktail of nerve signaling chemicals/neurotransmitters working together in our brain (not that simple really).


How much sleep do you need daily?

This actually depends largely on age and individual. Babies initially sleep as much as 16 to 18 hours per day, which may boost growth and development (especially of the brain).  School-age children and teens on average need about 9.5 hours of sleep per night.  Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a night, but after age 60, nighttime sleep tends to be shorter, lighter and interrupted by multiple awakenings.  Elderly people are also more likely to take medications that interfere with sleep so that doesn’t come as a surprise.


Here are some tips for getting a good night sleep (…yeah you can thank me later)

  • Set a schedule – go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
  • Exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day but no later than a few hours before going to bed.
  • Avoid caffeine and nicotine late in the day and alcoholic drinks before bed.
  • Relax before bed – try a warm bath, reading, or another relaxing routine.
  • Create a room for sleep – avoid bright lights and loud sounds, keep the room at a comfortable temperature, and don’t watch TV or have a computer in your bedroom.
  • Don’t lie in bed awake.  If you can’t get to sleep, do something else, like reading or listening to music, until you feel tired. 
  • See a doctor if you have a problem sleeping or if you feel unusually tired during the day.  Most sleep disorders can be treated effectively.

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