“Less sleep and staying active” is Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s secret to life and the reason for his energy and stamina at the age of 93.
“If you get tired and go to bed and do not think, do not conceive ideas, do not argue, you don’t find solutions to problems, if you don’t use your brains – it loses its capacity,” said the Prime Minister.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep duration vary across age and also according to the lifestyle and health status.
However, genetic mutations of individuals may give them different hours of sleeping needs.
Sleep deprivation can result in negative feelings, decreased mental performance and poor cognitive performance.
Tips for better sleep include fixed sleeping schedule throughout the week, calming bedtime routine and reduced usage of electronic devices before bedtime.
In addition, good sleep is as vital as eating healthily and getting enough exercise. Having all three keeps both one’s mind and body running in synchronicity and efficiently.