Sleep ignored by most of us and gets least importance in our busy life. Sleeping is a basic human need. It is a vital part of well-being throughout our lifetime. Too little sleep can impact physical and mental health, increasing the risk for a number of diseases and hampering your daily functioning. You might be surprised to learn that too much sleep can have a similar result. Oversleeping has been shown to increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, obesity and cognitive impairment.
• Importance of Sleep:-
1) your body is working to support healthy brain function
2) Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, and also mind
3) quality of sleep have a profound impact on learning and memory
4) In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development.
5) Sleep has been shown to help keep the body’s immune system strong, and can also help regulate moods and reduce stress.
• Although Sleep needs vary from person to person:-
Age Recommended Amount of Sleep
Newborns 16–18 hours a day
Preschool-aged children 11–12 hours a day
School-aged children At least 10 hours a day
Teens 9–10 hours a day
Adults (including the elderly) 7–8 hours a day
• Lack of Sleep affects you :-
1) lack of sleep can affect your immune system
2) sleep disorders can contribute to the symptoms of depression.
3) Most people have experienced sallow skin and puffy eyes after a few nights of missed sleep
4) Sleepiness makes you forgetful
5) lack of sleep doubled the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
• How to get better sleep :-
1) Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day
2) Say no to late-night television
3) Be smart about nighttime reading. Not all e-readers are created equal.
4) Stay away from big meals at night.
5) Avoid sleeping in—even on weekends or nights you’ve stayed up late.