Many complain of insomnia, with stress during the day making them too tensed or worried to be able to fall asleep at night. Lack of sleep, in turn, creates more stress on the job and at home. It then becomes a never ending vicious cycle. However, it is important to know that not all of us require the same amount of sleep. Sleeping cycles vary among people and throughout a person’s life. Research tells us that the amount of sleep we need actually stays almost the same over our lifetime — 8 to 8 1/2 hours — and that uninterrupted, deep sleep contributes to good physical health and emotional well-being at any age.
According to a study conducted by a consumer products giant in 2015, nearly 93% Indians are sleep-deprived. The changing lifestyle and intrusion of modern gadgets have only aggravated the situation. In each city, the number of sleep disorder-affected patients could be well over 40 lakh, says the study. In fact it is such a worrying trend that to mark the importance of a good sleep, World Sleep Day is being organized every March since 2008. This is mainly to encourage education, research and patient care throughout the world, particularly in those parts where the practice of sleep medicine is less developed.
Sleep helps in strengthening and rejuvenating the immune, nervous, muscular and skeletal systems so that we feel refreshed when we wake up with improved brain functions and energy. Dr. Rashmi Sama, who is specialised on sleep and is currently working as a chest specialist at Gangaram hospital shares with us few tips to sleep like a baby.
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