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Why getting adequate sleep is so important

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We all know that getting an adequate amount of sleep is important. After all, no one wants to feel run down and tired day after day. But do you actually know what effects lack of sleep can have? 

So why is getting adequate sleep so important? And what can you do to improve the quality of your sleep?

1. Increased concentration and productivity 

Have you noticed when you don’t sleep well at night, the next day seems to be more of a struggle than usual? You may not be as productive as you usually are when you are well-rested. 

This is because the brain is negatively impacted by lack of sleep. In fact, one study found that a lack of sleep can cause a similar impact on the brain as alcohol intoxication. 

Getting a good night’s sleep can help to improve not only memory performance, but also problem-solving skills. This is for both children and adults. 

woman sleeping in bed

2. Immune system

Did you know that getting poor quality sleep can negatively affect your immune system? Those who sleep seven hours or less have been found to be almost three times more likely to develop a cold when compared to those who sleep eight hours or more. 

If you are finding yourself suffering from the common cold frequently or more often than your friends and family, try increasing the hours of sleep you get each night. 

3. Inflammation

Not getting enough sleep can cause the digestive tract to become inflamed, which can go on to cause disorders including inflammatory bowel disease. Poor quality of sleep can increase the risk of the disorder recurring. 

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4. Improve athletic performance

Performing at your physical best is difficult when you have minimal sleep. 

Having good quality sleep can ensure your athletic performance is improved. One study found basketball players who had more sleep experienced improved speed, accuracy, reaction times and mental wellbeing. 

If you are finding yourself struggling while you’re at the gym or participating in a sports game, it may be because of a lack of sleep. 

Struggling with poor sleep?

If you are struggling with sleeping and want to improve the quality of your sleep, what can you do? 

You may wish to consider having treatments with NovoTHOR, available at NovoGen. 

NovoTHOR is a whole-body light therapy device that uses red and near-infrared light to treat the body. You may also hear this treatment be referred to as photobiomodulation.

This treatment has numerous benefits, including: 

– More enjoyable sleep
– More vitality
– Fewer feelings of fatigue
– Radiant skin
– Reduce the signs of ageing 
– Help treat injuries 
– Reduce feelings of pain
– Relax muscles and joints
– Increase blood circulation

NovoGen is one of nine suppliers of NovoTHOR in Australia, and the only place you’ll find NovoTHOR in north Queensland. 

Do you want to start your journey towards having a more enjoyable sleep? Call NovoGen today or make an appointment online.