The Science Of Sleep

August 2018

Having a good night’s rest is critical to your physical and mental wellbeing, and the wellbeing of your employees!

Sleep is not a luxury. It is vital to how we function as humans. Research reveals that sleep and sleep deprivation affect everything from memory and productivity to increasing the risk of heart attacks or depression.

Knowing this, it is not reassuring to hear that 44% of adults report that they struggle to fall asleep a few nights each week. Even these occasional occurrences of sleep deprivation, such as only achieving 6 hours of sleep in one night, can cause performance drops equivalent to alcohol intoxication.¹²

Getting a good night’s sleep helps us to build up the resources to deal with the demands life places on us. Have you noticed how tiredness magnifies day-to-day demands and difficulties? We can sometimes lose our sense of perspective.

Sleep Science Tools

Help your staff to reflect on the science of sleep and implement the tools to help them get a good night’s sleep. Sleep science has many tools to offer. It works on the principles of how food and light can be perfectly timed to best support our body’s evolved circadian rhythm (biological clock). For example, sleep expert Dr Nerina popularly promotes sleep ‘Non-Negotiables’ such as eating breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up and cutting out social media 30 minutes before bed. Dr Nerina visited Soma to speak at one of our networking events. You can read more here

With time more evidence-based tools are emerging. The most recent Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young. Their research uncovered much more about circadian rhythms (your body clocks).³ The recency of this highlights how cutting-edge sleep science insights really are. They’re also essentially important to understand as they not only influence the quality of your sleep but also dictate how you feel all the way throughout your day. Kelaa Mental Resilience uses this research to outline a toolkit to best support your circadian rhythm.

Further Kelaa tools include learning how to kick the habit of late-night worrying, or discovering how ‘time tracking’ (checking the time on your phone or clock throughout the night) can block the release of sleep hormones.

Find out how Soma Analytics’ solution Kelaa can address mental well-being in your workplace.

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¹ Williamson, A. M., & Feyer, A. M. (2000). Moderate sleep deprivation produces impairments in cognitive and motor performance equivalent to legally prescribed levels of alcohol intoxication. Occupational and environmental medicine, 57(10), 649-655.

² Dawson, D., & Reid, K. (1997). Fatigue, alcohol and performance impairment. Nature, 388(6639), 235.

³ Ibáñez, C (2017) Discoveries of Molecular Mechanisms Controlling the Circadian Rhythm. Scientific Background. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet

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