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Are you tired all the time? Here's why and how to fix it
Friday, 10 July · 2 min read

Adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night to function properly, though various surveys show that many people get less than this.

Not sleeping enough over a few nights can leave you feeling exhausted and craving sleep -- which can affect your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. It's a vicious circle as once this sleep cycle is disturbed, it becomes harder to fall and stay asleep in the future.

Ongoing tiredness can also affect your reaction times, making you more likely to lose concentration and make mistakes

If you're dropping a few hours off your sleep each night, there are ways to get things back on track. It can help to:

  • go to bed earlier -- just 15 minutes earlier can help at first
  • stick to a sleep schedule -- this means going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day (even at weekends or days off)
  • relax and unwind before bed -- and avoid screens as these can disrupt your sleep
Quote of the day

Being tired is often an effect of hard work. It is in itself an accomplishment.

Anonymous

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