To Sleep or Not to Sleep

Sleep is one of our biological needs that gets neglected the most. In our hectic world, we need to keep up with a lot schedules. It can’t be helped. There’s homework for school, deadline for a presentation for a client, a newborn baby who suddenly wakes up in the wee hours of the morning to be fed, or plans for an event the upcoming week. Regardless of the circumstances, it is important that we follow our  body’s natural rhythm: if it’s time to sleep, then sleep.

8 hours is adequate, though 7 hours of sleep is what an adult should have, according to the reputable Mayo Clinic website. But we don’t get that luxury especially if there are a lot of tasks that needs to be completed that some only get as much as 4 hours of sleep or less.  Another point to be taken is that, the recent surge of the use of social media has contributed to sleeplessness. People check their mobile phones and social media accounts usually at night before going to bed. Some will say, “Okay let me just look at this for a one hour.” Then before they know, it’s almost three in the morning, and work starts at 8 AM.

So what causes sleeplessness? Stress is a major contributory factory that leads to lack of sleep that even as we lie down, we find ourselves tossing and turning. So what is the busy person to do in such a state?

First of all, the Mayo Clinic website explains the benefit of sleep. It states in the article that sleep helps to prevent  cancer, diabetes and heart disease.  It is at night that the body heals and repairs. That’s why if we don’t get enough sleep, and when we look at ourselves in the mirror, it looks like you’re a zombie from The Walking Dead.

So what are some ways that we can do in order to get a good night’s sleep?

  1. Turn off your mobile phone if it’s what keeps you awake at night. Some use their smart phone as an alarm clock. Better stick to old school and use an alarm clock instead to help you wake up in the morning.
  2. Keep the bedroom clutter free
  3. The bedroom is meant only for sleeping. If you want to bring work at home and i can’t be avoided, do it somewhere else in another room.
  4. Be firm with yourself. If it’s sleep time, it’s sleep time.
  5. Follow your body’s signals. If the body tells you to sleep, then it’s time to sleep
  6. Don’t drink any beverage that will keep you awake at night like caffeine
  7. Still having sleep problems? It’s best to consult your doctor. A doctor you choose must be someone whom you trust, someone you can ask questions without fear of being ridiculed. The doctor must be someone who is genuinely interested in your well being.

 

 

 

 

 

References :

Sleep Mayo Clinic Sleep

Tips to Better Sleep

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