Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout our life and is essential for restoration of body and mind.. Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, irregular heartbeats and accidents while driving or at the hospitals.
The sleep architecture changes with age. Newborn infants sleep for 10 to 18 hours, gradually 9 and 12 hours by the end of the first year and a regularized pattern of around 6 to 9 hours sleep as adults.
A quality sleep, as a natural treatment, helps to:
- Protect our mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety
- Support healthy brain function and and a healthy heart
- In children and teens, sleep supports physical and mental growth, thus boosting memory and concentration.
- Improving sleep can often result in reduction of difficult conditions such as stress, concentration and memory difficulties, chronic inflammatory diseases
According to Dr. Rajkumari P. Reddy, and Dr. Himani Kashyap, Clinical Psychology Department, NIMHANS “ The term ‘cognition’ refers to various higher mental processes, which allow us to attend, perceive, think, remember, solve problems, use language, imagine and plan ahead in everyday life. Sleep has far-reaching effects on cognitive performance. There is evidence to suggest that insufficient sleep leads to a general slowing of response speed and increased variability in performance, beginning with difficulties with alertness, attention and vigilance. In addition to this, mounting evidence suggests the role of emotion in cognition and how sleep deprivation affect cognitive systems that rely on emotional data.
Sleep disorders have also been shown to negatively affect cognitive function across the lifespan. Proper alignment between sleep-wakefulness and internal circadian time is crucial for optimal cognitive performance.
Sleep deprivation can result in mental fatigue, depression, difficulties in concentration, memory and decision making.
In the past, sleep was regulated by natural circadian rhythms which were guided by the diurnal rhythms of nature. Sleep disturbances and sleep deprivation are common in modern society (with the advent of electricity, gadgets, televisions, mobile phones, computers or video games, extended shift work and 24/7 round-the-clock activities).
Sleep disturbances and sleep deprivation are common in modern society (with the advent of electricity, televisions, mobile phones, computers or video games, extended shift work and 24/7 round-the-clock activities). Considerable controversy exists regarding optimal work hours for various professionals especially in emergency medical arena, continuity of care, educational opportunities, professionalism vs. clinicians’ fatigue and health, erroneous decision making and performance patient care and safety and overall cost of health care. An evidence-based approach is needed to minimize the risk of current work hour practices while managing the demands of modern society. Making the most optimum use of available sleep hours and spaces is essential for long-term benefits.”
As a neuroscientist stressed aptly – “Sleep acts like a glue.” And this glue is important in assisting the brain to encode recently-learned information into long-term knowledge.
Importance of a Right Mattress
A right mattress can make all the difference between a sound sleep and a sleepless Night. A good mattress offers a perfect balance of comfort and support, keeping the natural spinal alignment and body posture in place, thus significantly enhancing the quality of Sleep. So it is important for you to consider the best mattress that fits your health needs. Do not compromise on low quality beds which are not made with any scientific understandings.