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Promoting healthy sleep

A CPD article improved Nancy Howard’s knowledge of the importance of healthy sleep
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A CPD article improved Nancy Howard’s knowledge of the importance of healthy sleep

What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

The CPD article explored the importance of sleep and its functions. It also discussed the physical and emotional consequences of inadequate sleep, and how to promote healthy sleep behaviours.

What did you learn from the CPD activity, feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

I have learned that sleep progresses through three stages of non-rapid eye movement (NREM), and one stage of rapid eye movement (REM). During a seven or eight-hour period of sleep, an individual usually passes through these stages four or five times. The article outlined three potential functions of sleep: cellular restoration; energy

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