Sleep is crucial for good health. Good sleep is as important as eating healthy foods and exercising regularly.
People are sleeping less than they did before. A sleep-deprived person cannot be as productive as a person who gets enough sleep.
It should be noted that an adult requires 7-8 hours of sleep in a day. Sleep deprivation can be self-induced.
At present, people prioritize their work instead of a good night’s rest.
Screen time is increasing as smartphones and media are becoming everyone’s daily bread.
Other reasons for sleep deprivation include:
- Using caffeine or other stimulants.
- Smoking and use of alcohol.
- Changing sleep routine and poor sleep habits.
- Stress and anxiety.
- Noisy environment.
Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation includes:
- Lethargy and drowsiness.
- Reduced concentration and focus.
- We are more prone to memory problems.
- Mood swings.
- Weak physical strength.
- Issues with sight and hearing.
- Increased risk for asthma and stroke.
Studies have also shown that people who are sleep deprived tend to get into car accidents frequently.
We get sick easily if we don’t get adequate sleep.
It can increase our risk of chronic diseases and take longer to recover from an illness we already have in our system.
Sleep is required for good health. Sleep care is important for everyone for their well-being and happiness.
Studies have proved that we need to sleep before and after learning to boost our memory.
It is shown that people who take care of proper sleep hygiene are better at remembering things they learned.
If an adult gets 5 hours of sleep in a day he/she gets a sleep debt of 2-3 hours which adds up to the next day. This will add up more if the person gets insufficient sleep in the next couple of days. In the end, the person has to pay off his debts. Thus, getting an adequate amount of sleep is important.
Things get exceedingly intriguing late at night and we think of it with admiration. Staying up late at night has become a fashion to look cool.
We sleep at the hour of dawn and wake up when noon is at the door. In some cases, we wake up early, drowsy and tired. We feel emotionally lethargic and our mood gets out of control.
Concentrating and remembering things becomes difficult. We build more stress until it exhausts us to death.
Prevention and management of sleep deprivation:
- Quit smoking.
- Stop using substances that contain alcohol, nicotine and, caffeine.
- Exercising and meditating can also help us to sleep. Follow a sleep routine regularly and consistently. It is preferred to sleep and wake up with the sun.
- Turning off electronics some minutes before sleep can help us sleep better. Most devices come with a night mode that tints the screen yellow. You might want to try turning on that mode to decrease the blue light from the screen.
- Sleep in a dark and, quiet room.
- Eating before bed is discouraged.
- Old people have more trouble sleeping.
- Reading before bed is a good habit to fall asleep. Read 20mins before sleep and trying to sleep.
In today’s world, it might seem a waste of time to sleep especially for workaholics. Sleep is sacrificed for work and it might seem like an intelligent decision but it is not.
Work and entertainment are valued more than our sleep and health. It is wiser to get a good night’s sleep before starting our work or a hectic day.
Our problems and stress might still come at us the next day but we will wake up stronger and our thoughts would be clearer. Sleep is closely related to our well-being and happiness.
Choose your sacrifices but not your sleep.