Need for Sleep
Posted by Dr.Himanshu Arora | On April 06, 2016
Sleep is like a charging of our body, it restores the powers of body & mind. A good night sleep acts like a natural healer, it repairs the muscles, bones, skin and keep our body stay healthy and fight illness.
If we don't get adequate sleep we wake up tired, unrefreshed and feel sleepy all day, not only this it may even increase the risk for various health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, stroke etc.
Now the question is how much sleep is sufficient for us?
On an average adults require 7-8 hours of sleep each night, however the need for sleep varies according to age.
Newborns require almost 16-18 hours, the requirement decreases as they grow older. Teenagers require 9 hours & elderly require 6-7 hours of night sleep.
Unfortunately 93% of Indians are sleep deprived as revealed by Philips and Nielsen survey in 2009.
Due to changing lifestyles, hectic schedules, increasing work demands, decreased physical activity, overuse of gadgets etc. We are giving less priority to sleep.
In order to be the best version of ourselves, we should follow a consistent pattern of sleeping habits.We should make sure we sleep in a cool, dark and quiet room on a comfortable and supportive sleeping surface.
Just remember, sleep is an essential requirement & not a luxury; we need good sleep for a happy & healthy life.
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