Sleep: Three ways to tell if you’re getting good quality sleep, according to an expert

During the summer months it can become harder for people to fall asleep due to the high temperatures. However, most manage to get a few hours in and wake the next morning feeling refreshed. The question is whether it is possible to tell whether the sleep that has just been had is high or poor quality sleep. One expert says there are three ways someone can tell.

William McCall is executive vice dean of the Medical College of Georgia.

He says there are three exercises someone can do to estimate whether they have had a good night’s sleep.

The three exercises in question are safely driving a car, sustaining performance at work, and maintaining personal relationships.

Speaking about his conclusion, McCall said: “Everybody’s made a little bit differently… sleep at night is very important but the real measure of its effectiveness is how you feel during the day.”

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While some say there are ways to gauge the quality of sleep, more research has been done into the impact of sleeping on the body.

A 2019 study published in the American College of Cardiology journal posited the idea that napping could help lower blood pressure.

Cardiologist Manolis Kallistratos said: “Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes.

“For example, salt and alcohol reduction can bring blood pressure levels down by three to five mmHg.”

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While that 2019 study may not have been revolutionary, there are hopes updates to the NHS app could be.

The NHS app is due to be updated with features allowing patients to access their medical records and manage hospital appointments.

It is hoped by March 2023 users will receive messages from their GP via this app and by March 2024 be able to have face-to-face video consultations, also via the app.

Those who have already downloaded the app can already access a select few of the new services.

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