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HSW 55: Are You “Getting By” On 5-6 Hours Of Sleep?
07, Mar, 2018
This week I reflect on a talk that I delivered at the Wellness Basecamp here in Brisbane last weekend titled “Are You Getting By On 5-6 Hours Of Sleep – Or Maybe Even Less?” because as shift workers we can definitely relate to running on minimal sleep due to our work hours and irregular roster patterns.
What is probably most concerning however, is that right now, according to the World Health Organisation or WHO, we’re currently living in the grips of a global sleep loss epidemic and with that comes negative consequences on our health. In fact, as stated by the Victorian State Government here in Australia, shift workers get on average 2-3 hours less sleep than other workers which over-time is staggering.
In this episode, I discuss what happens when we’re sleep deprived, how much sleep do we really need, along with some actionable steps that you can implement into your own shift working lifestyle that’s going to help to maximize your sleep.
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