Sleep: Necessity of Hale and Hearty Life


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It’s been taught to us from very early period of education that food, clothing and shelter are the basic need which satisfies one’s survival but attaining survival needs, need to work and rest simultaneously. Soft pillow, fluffy blanket, no lights and cool puff of air makes every person fall asleep; however we neglect the pleasure of sleeping just to achieve the basic needs. We forget that “sleeping is an investment in the energy that you need to be effective tomorrow”. Studding, cooking, managing, entrepreneurship, PR, advertising etc any work leading to dream life needs efforts every day, but leads to unhealthy life whereas sleeping for sufficient hours daily needs no effort and leads to healthy life with ones satisfactory survival. There’s a proverb “maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots” which fits exactly to the working of present generation, we search for relaxation by referring to doctors and medicines to fulfill the race of sitting at top of fast-pace of the present society but we never look to the basic therapy of relaxing despite of working hard daily.

Sleep is important to a number of brain functions. Recent findings suggest that sleep plays a safeguarding role that removes toxins in your brain that build up while you are awake. Research also shows that a continual lack of sleep, or getting poor quality sleep, increases the risk of disorder in one’s health including high blood pressure, stress, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity. Sleep works as food for brain, everyone is aware that food plays an important role in keeping one’s body developing and energetic with nutrients. Food for every living body has been described suitably for their proper functioning brain also needs food called sleep for its proper working. Skipping meal for oneself brings many harmful effects on health same get anticipated with skipping sleep.

There are some myths and there truth about sleeping that deviate ones judgment on the subject of sleeping which allows a person to skip or play with actual amount of sleep.

Myth 1: Getting just an hour less sleep per night won’t harm our daytime functioning.

Truth: Sleeping one hour less won’t allow you sleep during day time but affects your ability to think properly and response quickly as it should be, it also lead to reduction in cardiovascular health, energy balance, and ability to fight infections

Myth 2: Your body adjusts quickly to different sleeping schedules.

Truth: Body has a quality of adjusting to changes but adjusting to sleeping schedule won’t give you an idea about a big change but soon will bring laziness, decreases work performance, brings daytime drowsiness, and a sour mood.

Myth 3: Extra sleep at night can cure you of problems with excessive daytime fatigue.

True: Quantity of sleep plays an important role but also the quality of sleep is way more vital for solving the problem of fatigue. To cure the problem of daytime fatigue one must excessively pay attention rather than paying attention on extra time of sleep.

Myth 4: You can make up for lost sleep during the week by sleeping more on the weekends.

Truth: one long sleep may help you feel refreshed for a short while, the settlement of that extra sleep usually last only six hours or less after waking. Deficient sleep, lacking quality of sleep or disruptions to the sleep-wake cycle causes sleeps dept or sleep deprivation.

Myth 5: It’s no big deal to often have trouble falling asleep.

True: Insomniac is a serious sleeping disorder occurs due to trouble of falling asleep. Such trouble in falling asleep can bring disturbance in one’s working ability.

Sleep for every age group is defined differently. Sleep requirements vary from person to person, despite the notion that our sleep decrease with age; newborn to 3 months old requires 14-17 hours of sleep, 4-11 months old requires 12-15 hours of sleep, 1-2 year old requires 11-14 hours of sleep, 3-5 years old requires 10-13 hours of sleep, 6-13 years old requires 9-11 hours of sleep, 14-17 year old requires 8-10 hours of sleep, adults of age 18-64 years old requires 7-9 hours of sleep and older person aged 65 and more requires 7-8 hours of sleep. There is a big difference between the amount of sleep you can get by and the amount you need to function optimally can a bit be rescheduled but the frequent changes to this timings cause many problems.

Sleep is a complex and dynamic process that affects how you function. The cranky mood on next day is the result of sleep dept. Description of harmful effects to health due to lack of sleep is numerous and benefits of proper sleep is same. Conserving energy and decreasing blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and body temperature occurs when we take rest. Thus sleep is the best way to relax your body while keeping ones brain active.

-NEHA ASAWA

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