A good night's sleep keeps many ailments at bay.
People who don't get enough sleep feel drowsy, depressed, irritable and even suicidal. Sleep deprivation affects decision-making abilities too.
Know how to fight insomnia.
People who don't get enough sleep risk developing cardiovascular illness, high blood pressure and renal problems, say experts. Lack of sleep can also lead to weight gain. Insomniacs eat more due to decrease in leptin (the hormone that helps to suppress our appetite) level and an increase in ghrelin (the hormone that stimulates our appetites) level.
Good sleep is important for sportspersons. It helps to increase speed, react quickly and more precisely.
Sleep is necessary for children's growth. Adults need it to repair damaged muscles. Besides, sleep boosts immune system, which in turn boosts energy level. Sleep also affects glucose and insulin levels. Sleeplessness can also cause diabetes.
Sleeplessness can be as dangerous as drunk driving. It causes loss of concentration, which may lead to road accidents during driving and may disturb routine work.
If you have trouble falling asleep, avoid using a computer, or a smartphone 30 minutes to an hour before going to bed. This is because our body needs to relax before falling asleep.
Exercises during the day and taking lighter meals in evening will ensure a good night's rest. Also, avoid caffeine and nicotine in evenings as both are stimulants that keep us awake.
Alcohol disrupts sleeping patterns. It is best to avoid alcohol for four to six hours before bedtime. Excessive consumption of alcohol can cause other side effects.
Avoid all-nighters when you have to study or meet a deadline next day, as late night activities drain our mental and physical energy. A person doesn't feel fit and is unable to concentrate on work next day.
Napping during the day disrupts sleep schedules. People who need a nap should just take one a day. More naps during the day will prevent enough sleep at night.
Contributed by Evelyn Kail
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