Spening more time than usual indoors can disrupt sleep cycles. Our sleep experts explain why and offer advice on maintaining healthy sleep for a healthy brain
Sleep is critical not only for our immune and cardiovascular system, our brain health and laying down new memories, but it’s also important for mental health and wellbeing. While we are sleeping, the brain supports neuroplasticity and clears out harmful toxins, including those involved in dementia. This occurs particularly during deep sleep stages. Besides the immediate consequences poor sleep has on our levels of alertness, irritability and daytime functioning, studies have shown that sleep disturbance can precede the onset and recurrence of mental health problems including major depression, so we need to look out for and counteract sleep problems early.
With coronavirus shutdowns many people have spent more time indoors than usual. As we emerge from physical isolation and head into the winter months, Professor Professor Sharon Naismith offers advice on maintaining sleep patterns for health and wellbing.