Everyone, from newborns to seniors,
needs regular sleep to be healthy.
As Apple contributor Deborah Lawson found,
getting a good’s night sleep is often a matter
of following a consistent routine, no matter
what your age.
Good sleep is one of the body’s most basic needs. Not enough sleep
can lead to memory loss, poor concentration, depression, headache,
irritability, stress, high blood pressure, depressed immune function
and low libido. Recently, sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity.
Dr. Atul Khullar, medical director of the Northern Alberta Sleep Clinic
in Edmonton and MedSleep in Calgary, says, “Particularly for children,
some data shows that without enough sleep it’s more difficult to
As medical director at Calgary’s Centre for Sleep and Human
Performance, Dr. Charles Samuels often works with people in
high-performance careers, such as police officers, military personnel
and Olympic athletes. He says, “Few people think of sleep in terms
of recovery. Yet sleep is a crucial component of that process. When we
neglect recovery we affect our health and performance negatively.”
at any age