For many decades the medical community has neglected that lack of sleep can contribute to disease which disturbs sleep health and cost society billions of dollars, a recent New Yorker magazine piece noted
Sleep is vital, often neglected, and it may lead to various health issues. Sleep is important because it enables the body to repair and be fit and ready for another day. Getting adequate rest may also help prevent excess weight gain, heart disease, and increased illness duration.
“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 affects 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.
PATIENTS TO TAKE 7-8 HOURS OF PROPER BED REST. USING FOAM MATTRESSES ARE BETTER. PEOPLE TO USE MATTRESS WHICH PROVIDE IDEAL SLEEPING SURFACE AND TO USE MEDIUM PILLOWS
In addition to bringing sleep awareness among the public, it is necessary to make the medical community understand the problems related to sleep and the importance of a sleeping surface. The sleep Health sector needs a trained and skilled workforce. In this endeavour, many healthcare institutes have been working to sensitize Medical students about sleep and its benefits.