SLEEP – AN UNDERRATED POWER

Our sleeping habits have grown very weird in the recent past. It’s funny how we love to sleep but don’t sleep on time. So many of us go to bed when it is almost dawn, then wake up late and still end up becoming sleep-deprived.

What’s even more appalling is that we all brag about not sleeping enough! Having sufficient sleep is so very important for our overall well-being and especially for our mental health.  

Almost every aspect of our existence is adversely affected by sleep deprivation. So much information about sleep, its dynamics, and its effects have been explored through research in the last few decades. 

Here’s all you need to know about sleep!

Sleep is our body’s way of getting some rest after an entire day of non-stop work, a mechanism to repair all our body’s tissues and processing all the information our minds have collected throughout the day. 

Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) and Rapid Eye Movement (REM) are two stages of sleep that perform different functions. The first stage is usually the NREM stage and it largely focuses on repairing and refreshing the physiological processes of the body. The REM stage is the second stage and it mostly deals with the brain and other cognitive functions and rejuvenates them. 

  • Our memory and sleep are very closely connected. We have short-term and long-term memory. All the necessary information that our mind comes across in the entire day sifts to long-term memory when we sleep. It restructures and organizes data in a sequential format and makes it more sensible and easily accessible. Sleep deprivation could cause memory issues making it difficult to remember information. Experts insist that students need to have a sufficient amount of sleep, especially before exams.
  • It acts as an emotional recharge. We normally feel very exhausted at the end of a long day and even the smallest of things annoy us then. A good night’s sleep helps a lot with processing those emotions and prepares us to be able to handle the emotional hustle of the next day. It also enhances other cognitive abilities like problem-solving and analytical thinking due to better absorption of information after a sound sleep.
  • Many a time, little disturbances of the day feel alright after we sleep over them. It relieves us from most of the stress we face in our routines. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that proper sleep guards our mental health and ensures that it doesn’t deteriorate because of all the rejuvenation tasks that it does.
  • Sleeplessness or insomnia is the biggest indicator of a troubled mind. It is something that needs to be worked upon immediately if it has been consistent for a while. It can also trigger other health issues due to the physiological effects of less sleep. Sleeping insufficiently could make a person crave more sweet and oily foods which could cause weight gain. 

People often mistake that foregoing sleep and working would make them more productive but it is truly a myth. It probably could mean that they can get more work done for a very short period but it would drastically reduce their pace of work later due to lesser energy and mental activeness. Therefore, it is always a good idea to wind up work by bedtime and carry it on for the next day. 

Also, we’ve all developed a habit of sleeping with our gadgets around us and surfing on our gadgets till a minute before we doze off. The light from the gadgets could drastically reduce the quality of our sleep.  

You might want to do these things before you go to bed.

  • Put our gadgets away at least 1 hour before bedtime.
  • Ensure around 8 hours of sleep before starting with the next day’s work.
  • Keep your sleeping place dark and calm, free of any disturbances. 
  • Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time to ensure efficient planning and usage of time throughout the next day. 

After all, a good night’s sleep in our cozy bed is all that we crave at the end of the day. So why let any of our other habits ruin it for us? Isn’t it?

Also, I’m quite sure that after reading all the sleep does to ensure our well-being, you would agree with the title and say that sleep is sure a power that we all take for granted a lot of times!

I hope this article encourages you to look over your sleep habits and pay enough attention to them as well. 

Thank you so much for reading through this. 

I’ll see you next Sunday with another article.

Until then, Toodles!! 

Love, 

Hasita : )

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