More and more researches conducted in the field of sleep health are indicating that the new generation is not taking its share of shut-eye. And to achieve the short-term gains, it’s willingly cutting down on its sleep time.
“Lack of sleep, even it continues for a couple of days, may give birth to health problems including weight gain, depression, diabetes, memory loss, brain function impairment and stress,” says Dr. Himanshu Garg, Sleep Specialist and Director, Aviss Health.
According to a recent research conducted by a University of Rochester, when we sleep, our brains remove toxic proteins from their neurons that are by-products of neural activity when we’re awake. But, the toxic proteins can be removed effectively only when we’re asleep. The toxic proteins are likely to remain in the brain cells, and impair our ability to think, if we continue to sacrifice our sleep time. Imagine how well you’ll be able to perform when you cannot focus and think clearly.
In a typical scenario, one should sleep for 7 to 9 hours. The numbers are different for toddlers, though.
Finding getting to sleep difficult? Here’re some sure-shot ways for a good night sleep.
- Exercise – at least 30 minutes a day
- Reduce your smoking, drinking, and fast food intake
- Slow down as your sleep time arrives
- Listen to good, old movie songs
- Or, read a book
- Or, just lie down and close your eyes and take some deep breaths
- If sleep still eludes you and this continues for a good number of days, see a sleep specialist. You might have developed a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome.
How does sleep helps improve your performance at work?
How do you feel after a full night’s sleep? Rested, right? And ready to take on the day with whole new energy. This is what sleep does to you. It makes you ready for the new day. You can focus better and take decisions clearly. And this is basically what you need to perform at your work place: an active mind and a rested body.
We’ve told you about the repercussions of lack of sleep. And we’ve told you how to sleep better. However, if you still find getting to sleep difficult, immediately see a sleep doctor. He/she can help you understand what causes poor sleep in you, and what can be done. For those found with sleep apnea, a sleep disorder in which you snore quite loudly and stop and start breathing frequently, CPAP therapy works like magic. Other sleep disorders like restless legs syndrome, nigh terror and sleep walking, can also be diagnosed and treated effectively.
We all need undisturbed, sound sleep to continue to do our best and enjoy the gift that we call ‘life’. And any effort to disturb this very natural pattern will disturb our entire eco-system – from the way we wake up to how we drive on road to how we react to our colleagues and bosses, and spend time with our spouse and kids. So try to get your full quota of sleep – you’ll still have ample of hours to follow your dreams.
For more on the repercussions of poor sleep as well as how one can boost his / her sleep, speak to our sleep specialists at our Gurgaon clinic.
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