On national #FestivalOfSleepDay it is great to show how we can help improve sleep in our daily lives. Sleep is so important to every day function, health and well-being. After the craziness of all the recent festivities its time to sit back and make sure we get all the ‘shut eye’ we need.

For those that have medical conditions such as asthma, COPD or Parkinson's night-time problems can be common and affect people at different stages but the main problem is sleep deprivation causing serious consequences on your physical health.

Exposure to high levels of oxygen encourages the brain to remain in deep, restorative sleep, according to a new study by University of Alberta neurosciences. The research highlights the potential for oxygen therapy for humans in a clinical setting.

“Oxygen therapy could be used to enhance slow-wave states during sleep to ensure that individuals who may have disrupted sleep are getting enough of the restorative, slow-wave sleep,” said Dickson. “Of course, this has to be tested first before it could become a therapeutic reality.”

The study was published in the Journal of Neurophysiology.

#FestivalOfSleepDay helps promote getting that extra bit of sleep you need, make sure you rest and relax and wind down in the evenings after work. If at home make sure you are comfortable, even going to bed earlier helps get some extra snooze. With more sleep we can function much better giving our bodies the rest it needs especially if we have respiratory conditions.

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