Don’t let loss of sleep play havoc with your system.
The human body requires sleep for a minimum of one third of the total hours in a day, which is eight hours. Millennials and baby boomers that form a majority of the adult population are particular about their exercise regime and are aware of the food they eat. However, importance of adequate sleep is completely lost.
A study via the sleep-o-meter, a sleep assessment tool by Godrej interio, speaks volumes about the sleep deficit that the nation is facing.
Below are the findings:
All the above traits can be attributed to lifestyle changes such as stress due to work, eating habits and changes in body clock. An entire generation of adults does not seem to realise that the repercussions of insufficient sleep can be annihilating.
Sleep starvation is rampant in India and needs to be kept in check before it reaches disastrous levels.
For example, the human growth hormone that aids in growth and cell repair peaks during sleep. Lack of sleep will disrupts this production, thus affecting our body’s natural ability to grow and repair the cells. Additionally, other hormones that control the metabolism and hunger will also get affected, forcing the body to seek more food as a means to increase energy levels in our body.
Sustained lack of sleep has been known to lead to reduced energy levels, which further results in unstable moods, excessive sleepiness during the day and bursts of euphoria. While shifting attitudes can disrupt the normal functioning of Daily activities, excessive sleepiness during the day especially can be hindering and even dangerous. This can lead to frequent lapses in focus, forcing the body to seek reprieve at any time. These incidences are known as ‘microsleeps’ which are also known to be a contributing factor to traffic accidents as drowsy drivers tend to fall asleep at the wheel.
Your body may recover from not sleeping quickly, but if continued over a period of time, the negative long-term consequences on health would have already set in.
For instance, the immune system would be the worst hit and unable to defend the body effectively. Poor and restricted sleep would lead to the development of specific illnesses and diseases. These notably relate to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension and even certain types of cancers.
Rampant sleep deprivation is remedial and can be curbed if conscious action in following a sleep regime is taken. Some measures to alleviate the discomfort associated with sleep disorders are:
Set the clock as per your bedtime and stick to it. Keep distractions such as phones, gadgets and late night TV shows away. Work towards greeting good, on-time sleep and take it just as seriously as any other habit.
As we already know, physical activity of any kind is good for your body and sleep health. Try to do cardio exercises at least four times a week or on alternate days. Cardio exercises including jogging, swimming, cycling or simple walking.
If you think you are facing issues while sleeping and are worried you may be prone to heart problems, consult a sleep doctor.
Health and nutrition
By Dr preeti devnani
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