If you don’t get enough sleep, it can have a real impact on your health. The NHS recommends that adults get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night – but with a chorus of car horns or noisy neighbours that goal can easily slip away. And it can be even worse for shift workers.
Without enough sleep, you’re sure to feel sluggish at work the next day. You might struggle to focus, and maybe you skip your lunchtime gym session due to tiredness. Maybe you’re grumpier than usual, picking fights with your colleagues, friends, family – or even the bus driver.
But the results can extend far beyond the immediate next-day effects to have an impact on your long-term health. Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, anxiety and depression: these can all be caused by a lack of sleep.Improving your sleep can be the key to a better quality of life, both in the short and long term. And it’s not as difficult as you might think to achieve those 7 to 9 hours a night – and remember, the quality of your sleep matters as much as the quantity. That’s where sleeping with earplugs comes in.