The benefits of exercise and a good nights sleep
Applying to medical school will undoubtedly be one of the most stressful times of your life. The pressure that you feel internally from yourself and externally from friends, family and teachers to get and achieve your offers can sometimes feel overwhelming.
It is important to take time to look out for yourself during this period. After all, you are so much more than your achievements.
The Aspiring Medics, using our own personal experiences, are here to help you navigate through the application period.
What are the benefits of exercise on my wellbeing?
It releases endorphins and serotonin which are hormones which help to make you feel good
It reduces stress and anxiety
It can help improve your sleep
It will help you feel more energised
Achieving goals that you set can improve your self esteem
It can improve your memory and brain function, which can make you feel good
Exercise in group or team activities can help you to make new, like-minded, friends. Social support is also a good motivator. Sharing experience, goals and achievements with others will help to keep you focused and enthusiastic.
What are the benefits of a good nights sleep on my wellbeing?
About ⅓ of our lives are spent sleeping.
Sleep is an essential function - it should be considered as important as eating, drinking and breathing. It is a time where the mind and body can recharge. Without adequate sleep the brain cannot function properly, resulting in concentration and memory problems. Sleep has a large impact on our wellbeing.
Good sleep Hygiene
Good sleep hygiene includes a bedroom environment and daily routine which promotes consistent, uninterrupted sleep. Limiting caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and bright light before bed can help you to sleep better.
Depression and sleep
Sleep and health have been shown to be closely related. Poor sleep can increase the risk of poor health and poor health can increase the risk of poor sleep. This is true of both physical and mental disorders. For example, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder have been associated with poor sleep.
One of the most common symptoms of depression is sleep problems (finding it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep at night).
At the same time, sleep problems can exacerbate depression, leading to a vicious cycle which is difficult to break.
Sleep problems may even initiate depressive symptoms in some individuals.