Celebrate world sleep day by knowing the value of a sound sleep

Grinding ourselves through long workday without breaks and often without physical activity results into late dinner and late bedtime. This in turn translates into poor sleep. When we do not give ourselves the chance to reset and renew throughout the day, we come home stressed and exhausted.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 15 March 2019 6:41 AM GMT

Celebrate world sleep day by knowing the value of a sound sleep
X
Celebrate world sleep day by knowing the value of a sound sleep
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo

Lucknow: World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to spread awareness on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. Organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society (founded by WASM and WSF), it is held the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox of each year since 2008.

Grinding ourselves through long workday without breaks and often without physical activity results into late dinner and late bedtime. This in turn translates into poor sleep. When we do not give ourselves the chance to reset and renew throughout the day, we come home stressed and exhausted.

Cost of poor sleep

-Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine found that unhealthy sleep paves way to a long list of health problems—including obesity, hypertension, depression, and Alzheimer’s.

-Insomnia affects anywhere from 30-45% of the adult population.

-Annually there are 71,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths due to sleep-related accidents.

-46% of individuals with frequent sleep disturbances miss work or events, or make errors at work, compared to a rate of 15% for healthy sleepers.

-Poor sleeping habits often result to memory loss.

On 17 March 2017 World Sleep Day trended on Twitter. Renowned Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted using his handle @SrBachchan, followed by 25.5 million, that - 'its World Sleep Day tomorrow 17 March. Whatever that means!'

Tips for a sound sleep

-Set a regular bedtime and rise time.

-Avoid alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and spicy foods 4-6 hours before bedtime.

-Include exercise in your daily routine, but not right before bedtime.

-Refrain from using digital devices as you approach sleep.

-Eliminate distractions, noise and excess light from your sleep area.

-Do not use your bed as a work station; use it only for sleep.

Your commitment to better sleep should be part of a larger commitment to incorporate rest and renewal into your daily routine. We all have different activities that allow us to renew and recharge our body. For some, it might be yoga or meditation, for others exercising or reading a novel. Whatever floats your boat, schedule it into your day. Make it as much a priority as an important meeting.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui

Next Story