Rebecca Ejifoma

With the knowledge that sound sleep is a vital biological function, sleep medicine specialists have spoken against intake of substances containing cola six hours before bedtime, as it could deprive them of healthy sleep.

The experts disclosed this at the flag off of the 2017 World Sleep Day and launch of three sets of new mattresses by Vitafoam in Lagos recently.

Consultant Psychiatrist and Sleep Medicine Specialist, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Dr. Adeoye Adefemi, said one third of living was spent sleeping, adding that, “most of us have disturbed, restless nights and rely on a cocktail of caffeine and sugar to drag us through the day.”

The expert warned that people should avoid any brand with cola or caffeine six hours before bedtime. Adding, he said although some say alcohol makes them fall asleep, “but you wake in the middle of the night. Alcohol is not helpful when you take it close to bedtime. Also, avoid strong meals and any food with spice four hours before sleep because it has to be broken down.”

He enlightened participants on quality sleep – at continuity and depth. “Babies eat and sleep continuously. They are required to sleep for 17 hours, older adults between nine and 10 hours and adults’ average hours of sleep is eight. “But in Lagos, I doubt if adults can achieve this.”

Adefemi added: “Practice good sleep hygiene. You are supposed to sleep and feel refreshed when you wake up. Sleep with the correct sleeping position also.”

He recommended simple steps to achieving sound quality sleep. They include: firm mattresses should be used, exercise is very helpful too – it can be a treatment for inability to sleep, your bed shouldn’t be your work place, when you are in bed and unable to sleep within 20 and 30 minutes, leave the bed, pick up a book and read.

“The lights should be turned off when sleeping. This is because it shows sun as a stimulant; which means it is day time so you have to be active.

“The hours we spend in bed shape our mood, motivation and decision-making skills – defining our performance in work, at home and while keeping fit.”

Meanwhile, the Group Managing Director. Viitafoam, Mr. Taiwo Adeniyi says when sleep fails, health declines and then decreased quality of life.

“Mckinsey quarterly report of February 2016, shows that sleep-awareness programmes can produce better leaders.” he said.

It is for this reason that Vitafoam launched three new sets of mattress: Vita Haven, Galaxy Classic and Spring Super, that are traditionally crafted to give Nigerians perfect sleep. “Vitafoam Nigeria Plc will continue to support World Sleep Day in creating sleep awareness and providing quality products that enable Nigerians achieve a good night’s sleep, so we can produce better leaders for our beloved country Nigeria.

“This year we are running a sleep challenge to drive awareness for good sleeping position tag #myfunnysleepingposition,” he said.