Why Do Australians Sleep So Badly?
Would you believe that most Australians don’t get a good night’s sleep when they go to bed? It might sound a bit exaggerated, but it’s true. According to a recent study, only five percent of Australians sleep soundly—and that’s a huge problem!
Sleep is a cornerstone to good health. Eating the right foods, getting plenty of exercise, staying hydrated, and getting quality rest are all incredibly important to maintaining human health and wellness. And if any of these becomes disturbed, our lives can be severely impacted.
And that is exactly what is happening to people in Australia (and probably other places as well).
Let’s face it. We live in a day and age where electronics, childcare, and work all play big parts in keeping us awake for longer and longer hours—and unfortunately, these things are starting to take a toll.
According to the figures, a huge 65% of people in Australia are struggling with either sleep deprivation or disturbed sleep. We can also see that as many as 35% are suffering from memory loss due to this, and as many as 1 in 5 are finding themselves feeling unsafe to drive because of their lack of sleep.
But that’s not all.
According to other findings from the research, which was conducted by Nourished Life, 1 in 3 Australians say that they are too tired to have sex, and as many as 14% say that their relationships are being affected by their sleeping problems.
So what can be done to counteract these problems?
As it turns out, there are things that you can do to help tip the scales back into your favor. Here are some tips.
How to Increase Your Odds of Getting a Better Night’s Rest
To start with, it is important that you try to maintain a consistent sleep/wake schedule. Going to bed and getting up at the same times every day can really help your internal clock to adjust correctly—especially if these times correspond to natural sunsets and sunrises.
Making sure that your environment is conducive to sleep is also important. Thick shades over the windows can help to keep your room dark and will block out street lights that could hinder your ability to sleep. Keeping the temperature cool can also help, as can making sure that your bed, pillows, and blankets are all comfortable and conducive to relaxation.
You should also try to make sure that your environment is as quiet as possible. If you need to, you can even wear noise-dampening earmuffs to help you filter out unwanted sounds.
One problem that we have been seeing a lot of is an abuse of stimulants. As people get more and more sleep deprived, they consume more caffeine and nicotine, and this can actually work against you if you’re not careful. Avoid stimulants as bedtime approaches (avoiding them after 2PM is actually the recommended course of action), and try to stay away from alcohol, as it can cause worse snoring problems and might actually hinder sleep more than it helps.
Eating protein before bed is said to help people sleep better as well. Try consuming foods like chicken, eggs, lentils, salmon, and/or a handful of almonds for dinner. Not getting enough protein can increase your sleeping problems, as protein contains an amino acid that really helps with our quality rest.
And, last but not least, you might want to try wearing minimal or no clothing to bed. Wearing pajamas has actually been shown to make it more difficult to fall and stay asleep comfortably—so ditching them altogether might just do a lot to help you rest more peacefully.