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. 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 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.
SLEEP DISTURBANCES AND SLEEP DEPRIVATION ARE COMMON IN MODERN SOCIETY. THE LIGHT EMITTED FROM VIDEO SCREENS AND GADGETS CAN TRICK THE BRAIN INTO THINKING IT IS NOT YET READY FOR SLEEP
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
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 PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING THROUGHOUT OUR LIFE AND IS ESSENTIAL FOR RESTORATION OF BODY AND MIND. “SLEEP TO REMEMBER AND SLEEP TO FORGET”
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.