A sleep expert has said the latest science is showing a lot of people have a lot more sleep than previously thought.
Key points: The latest science shows more sleep is better for your body than sleep deprivation is, according a sleep expert Dr Stephen D’Agostino says it’s not just about the quality of sleep but also the quality the sleep is from Dr Stephen Agostino said research has shown people are sleep deprived at different stages of their lives and the best way to get good sleep is to get the sleep that you need.
Dr Stephen Agustino, a sleep and sleep disorders expert at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, said the quality and quantity of sleep you get from different stages in life was “the biggest variable”.
“It’s not about how much you get,” he said.
“It is about the quantity that you get and what is in the right place and how you sleep.”
There are other variables.
What are your feelings?
How is your body reacting to the sleep?
You can do all those things.
“Dr Agostinos latest research, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, found that sleep quality was the main variable.”
Sleep quality is one of the things that matters the most in terms of how much sleep you need,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.”
So if you don’t get that quality, you can’t sleep at all.
“Dr David Mazzarella, professor of psychiatry at the University of Adelaide, said research showed there was no magic pill to improve sleep quality.”
I think there are a number of things that are very important in terms, not only quality, but also quantity,” he explained.”
The key thing is consistency.
“Dr Mazzares research showed that people with poor sleep quality were more likely to develop depression and anxiety.”
When you’re poor in sleep quality, then your moods are worse, and that can lead to depression, anxiety and mood swings,” Dr Mazzarelli said.
Dr Agustinos research showed people who sleep more than 6 hours per night were more than twice as likely to have depression.”
You don’t want to get in bed and not get any sleep, and then you’re a little bit worse for the rest of your life,” Dr Agustin said.
A sleep expert said the best method was to be on top of your sleep.
Dr Andrew Ritchie, from the University Of Melbourne’s School of Sleep Medicine, said people needed to stay on top.”
If you don, you’re going to get sleep deprivation, you may not get good quality sleep,” he added.”
In the long term, if you’re sleeping less than that, you have a better chance of having depression and having an anxiety disorder, or having anxiety disorders and other symptoms that lead to poor sleep.
“Sleep researchers are hopeful the research will lead to more research to understand how sleep impacts health.”
We’re really hoping that the research that we do will lead us to understand what sleep is doing in the brain and how that affects health and wellbeing,” Dr D’Aguostino told ABC Adelaide.
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