Importance of Sleep

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout our life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect our mental health, physical health, and quality of life.

Doctors says that Sleep acts like a glue. And this glue is important in assisting the brain to encode all learned information into long-term memory.

Everyone knows the importance of sleep. And we all have experienced grumpiness, grogginess, irritability, headache, body pain and forgetfulness as the after-effects of a poor quality of sleep. Yet due to our hectic schedule, we all try to squeeze in more and more hours of work in our daily lives and compromise with our sleep.

“Sleep is like a save button. Whatever info is assimilated by the mind, sleep keeps all the important info and removes the junk. Thats why there is a saying “Sleep to remember and Sleep 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 imbalance and other health conditions.”

This leads to serious sleep deficit resulting in hypertension, increased stress, hormone imbalance, irregular heartbeats, accidents while driving, etc. Sharing her thoughts of the importance of sleep, Dr. Manveer Bhatia, Senior Neurologist and Sleep Specialist with over 20 years of experience, says: Sleep is like a save button. Whatever info is assimilated by the mind, sleep keeps all the important info and removes the junk. That’s why there is a saying “Sleep to remember and Sleep to forget”. Sleep is essential for the physical, mental and emotional health of the body. If a person gets disturbed sleep, it may affect his immunity, on the emotional front his moods get vary, he may feel sadness or fill with anxiety and so on. on Mental health, it may affect memory loss and other related health issues. If sleep is not good, the person may face all the above problems.

“A round 8 hours of quality sleep enhances overall productivity, improved concentration, sharp memory, learning & communication, reduces the risk of serious health disorders and heart problems. A good night’s sleep also helps in coping up with various psychological issues.”

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.”

A round 8 hours of quality sleep enhances overall productivity, improved concentration, sharp memory, learning & communication, reduces the risk of serious health disorders and heart problems. A good night’s sleep also helps in coping up with various psychological issues.

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 regularised pattern of around 6 to 9 hours sleep as adults as they grow.

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 disturbances and sleep deprivation are common in modern society. Creating artificial daylight for extended hours has been shown to affect sleep. The light emitted from video screens and gadgets can trick the brain into thinking it is not yet ready for sleep.”

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.

Causes and Harmful effects of lack of quality sleep

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.

As sleep experts puts it, 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 is essential for long-term benefits.

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