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Importance of Sleep

Adequate sleep is a fundamental need of our body, and is extremely important for our overall well-being. But the demands of modern day lifestyle leave us with very little time for proper rest and sleep. With so much to do in the 24 hours of a day, we generally compromise on our sleep time, and this reduces our working capacity as well as our capacity to think and make decisions. It also reduces our productivity at work and has a detrimental effect on our intellectual capabilities, increasing the likelihood of we committing blunders.

Why adequate sleep is essential
Getting a sound sleep during the night is essential. It is during this time that our mind and body recoil, and prepare for the next day’s grind. Lack of sound sleep does not give the mind and body a chance to rest and rejuvenate. A good night’s sleep has several benefits.

  • Maintains a healthy heart
  • Helps in weight loss and coping up with obesity
  • Boosts memory
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Helps body repair and rejuvenation
  • Makes you more alert and active during the day
  • Improves concentration
  • Helps to cope up several health issues and conditions like diabetes, depression, and even cancer

Studies have revealed that insomnia can be the cause behind several health issues.

Simple tips for a sound sleep

  • Make your bedroom a peaceful and comfortable place
  • Avoid bright lights in bedroom; instead, switch on night lights, which are quite dim
  • Stimulants like coffee should be avoided after evening, as they can disrupt natural sleep cycles
  • Sip warm skimmed milk before bedtime
  • A warm bath before you go to bed can help
  • Massage your scalp with warm oil before sleeping
  • A relaxation technique such as progressive muscle relaxation can help to solve the problem
  • Deep breathing, meditation and yoga can help to de-stress and get rid of insomnia
  • Any kind of vigorous exercises should be avoided at least three hours before you go to bed
  • Set and maintain your bed timings and sleeping pattern
  • Avoid eating too much for dinner
  • Make sure you eat your dinner at least two hours before bedtime
  • Taking a long nap during the day may make it more difficult to fall asleep at night; a one hour afternoon siesta should be more than enough
  • If you are not finding any sleep even after lying down for more than 15 minutes, get up, go to the living room, and spend some time reading a book until you feel sleepy

By the age of 60 years, around 60% of men and 40% of women start snoring