So there was a very interesting article in the newspaper today about Britons not getting enough sleep!
Britons are missing out on a total of one night’s sleep every week, warn experts.
The lack of shut-eye – an average of almost an hour lost every night – could have far-reaching health consequences and there are now demands for national guidelines to confront the problem.
Overall the average adult sleeps 6.8 hours a night – almost an hour below the 7.7 hours most people feel they need to be refreshed, says the Royal Society for Public Health. Over a week, this adds up to an entire night.
Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the RSPH said: ‘We do need to wake up to the benefits of sleep. There is a wealth of evidence that lack of it is damaging the public’s health.
‘Poor sleep and sleep disorders impact on our ability to lead a healthy lifestyle and are associated with a range of diseases. Our research shows there is a gap in how much sleep the public are getting compared to how much they need. Efforts to combat this could be as critical to optimising our wellbeing as having a healthy lifestyle and having a healthy diet.
‘A good starting point would be to ensure sleep has parity alongside other areas of health and develop a national sleep strategy which sets out guidance for the public and highlights what more schools, employers, and healthcare professionals can do to ensure the nation sleeps better at night.’ Studies have found that people who get less than six hours sleep a night are more likely to get colorectal cancer, while men with insomnia have double the risk of contracting prostate cancer.
I thought this was a very interesting read and proves as per my blog post below the importance of getting a good nights sleep. For those of you who are struggling it is certainly worth trying the S+ by ResMed, you will be amazed by the results.
Now it is very well known by all who know me that I like my sleep, since the arrival of H this sleep has been a lot less than it used to be, but I still do like my sleep. We have been very lucky that H is exactly like me and he too likes his sleep now he is bigger! Without a good night’s sleep I am grumpy and also unable to function as well as I should.
So luck was definitely on my side when I was asked to try out the new S+ by ResMed. The S+ is the world’s first non contact, fully comprehensive sleep tracking systems. I had tried one of those wristbands that track sleep in the past but I found them too annoying and hot to wear so that only lasted a few days!
The S+ features patent-protected SleepSensor technology which makes it possible for the first time to track, analyse and improve sleep at home without needing to wear a wristband or use electrodes or mattress strips. Unlike other sleep trackers it also has the capability to analyse each stage of sleep through the night.
Most people need around eight hours of good quality sleep each night although some people need more and some less. According to NHS information ‘what matters is that you find out how much sleep you need and then try to achieve it.’
Poor sleep regularly affects one in three people in the UK.
In a recent survey, 75% of UK adults said they had experienced poor sleep in the last month.
- 43% of people describe themselves as ‘permanently exhausted’, or ‘sleep deprived’.
- 42% of people on sleeping pills have been taking them for more than a decade, against NHS advice.
- According to a recent survey, sleep-deprived workers take six million sick days a year, with the cost to the UK economy running to £611 million
In this day and age there is plenty of things going on that sabotage our sleep! Although any exposure to light at night time can disrupt the bodyclock, not all types of light are equally disruptive. Blue wavelengths, which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood are thought to be the most disruptive at night.Back-lit devices such as laptops, tablets and phones all emit blue light and so should not be used before bed, or as a way to pass the time when sleep does not come.
Caffeine, alcohol and nicotine are all substances which can impair sleep quality. Eating large meals shortly before bed means that the body will spend time digesting before it can sleep. Taking exercise can help with sleep but the timing of physical activity is important, exercising earlier in the day is better as exercise increases the body’s adrenaline production, making it difficult to sleep.Failure to maintain a regular bedtime and morning routine, and napping during the day to try and catch up on lost sleep are also counter-productive.
So if you want to be able to track your sleep and make amendments to what you are doing to enjoy better quality sleep in an easy way then look no further than the S+ by ResMed.
Here is the technical bit on how it works:
The S+ comprises a device that sits beside the bed, a cloud-hosted Sleep Mentor system, and a free mobile app (Apple iOS and Android). The bedside device uses a highly calibrated respiratory and bio-motion sensor to measure and analyse sleep stages. It records movements caused by the expansion and relaxation of the chest with breathing in and out, and overall body movements such as positional changes, arm twitches and shrugs. Each morning, the S+ app delivers sleep scores and sleep charts to a connected phone or tablet, and the S+ Sleep Mentor uses a software algorithm based on over two million nights of sleep data to deliver personalised feedback and suggestions to help users improve their sleep.
Unlike other smartphone apps and other sleep trackers on the market, the S+ accurately tracks every stage of the sleep process. It provides an accurate breakdown of how the night unfolds, pinpointing sleep onset, and tracking cycles of light, deep and REM sleep to help build up a picture of the quality of sleep achieved as well as the quantity.
And here is my bit on how it works, you download the app onto your phone, turn on the Bluetooth it connects to the S+ and off you go, when it is time to go to bed switch on the sleep tracker part on the app, it asks you how stressed you have been during the day, the number of alcoholic drinks you have had, the number of drinks with caffeine you have drunk and any exercise you have taken.
You have the opportunity using the clear your mind function by either making a voice recording or typing a message to review in the morning (great last night when I remembered I needed to add something onto my online food shop just before I went to bed!) You also have a relax to sleep function which provides a choice of soothing sounds that synchronizes with your breathing pattern (I know, how clever!!) to help with the process of falling asleep at bedtime. There is also a smart alarm feature which allows you to set a window of time for the S+ to naturally wake you when you are in a light sleep allowing you to wake feeling more refreshed.
Once you are awake you stop the sleep tracking and you receive a report on your phone, it is amazing how accurate it is to be honest. On Monday I woke up feeling like I hadn’t had a good nights sleep and below was the results:
As you can see it showed me that I had taken quite a long time to fall asleep, so the S+ will come up with suggestions to improve this.
Tuesdays sleep was much better 🙂
It is very interesting to see what sleep pattern I have and without doubt it is very accurate.
Did you know that having good sleep is proven to do the following:
So please do take a look at S+ by ResMed Sleep Tracker and see for yourself the wonderful benefits of the S+ and in turn the amazing benefits of a good night’s sleep.
Disclaimer – I was given a S+ to test but all opinions are my own