- by Maharani Devi Medical Centre
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- Jan 11 2018
Why Sleep is more important than Food
Say you make a decision to go on a fast, and so you effectually famish yourself for a week. At the end of 7 days, how would you be feeling? You’d possibly be hungry, maybe a little weak, and almost definitely somewhat thinner. But basically you would be fine.
Now let’s say you strip yourself of sleep for a week. Not so good. After many days, you’d be almost totally unable to function. That’s why Amnesty International lists sleep deprivation as a form of abuse or punishment.
So why is sleep one of the first things we’re ready to forego as the needs in our lives keep rising? We continue to live by an exceptionally long-lasting myth: sleeping 1 hour less will give us one more hour of productivity. In fact, the study suggests that deprivation of even small amounts of sleep take a consequential toll on our mood, our health, our mental capacity and our efficiency.
Many of the effects we suffer are not visible. Insufficient sleep, for instance, deeply diminishes our capability to combine and stabilize learning that occurs during the waking day. In other words, it creates havoc on our memory.
So how would you know, how much sleep do you need? When investigators put test participants in habitats without windows or clocks and ask them to sleep any time they feel exhausted, ninety five percent sleep between 7 and 8 hours out of every 24. Another 2.5% sleep more than 8 hours. That means just 2.5% of us need less than 7 hours of sleep a night to feel fully rested. That is one out of every forty people.
Magnificent performers are an exception. Generally, they sleep remarkably more than the rest of us.
Here are 3 other tips to enhance the quality and quantity of your sleep.
The after effects of try to squeeze in one more hour of productiveness– and the resulting chronic sleep deprivation – are more evident than that. Poor sleep is related with an increased rate of:
Impaired Immune Function
Depression, Mood Disorders
Go to bed early — and at a fixed time. Sounds clear right? The problem is there’s no option. You’re already waking up at the latest possible time you think is reasonable. If you don’t make a particular bedtime, you will end up finding reasons to stay up later, just the way you do now.
Start winding down at least forty five minutes before you turn out the light. You won’t fall asleep if you are still worried about answering email, or doing other work. Create a practice of listening to music that helps you relax, drinking a cup of herbal tea or reading a book.
Pen down what is on your mind — especially incomplete to-do’s and unsettled issues — just before you go to bed. If you leave things in your working memory, they will make it difficult for you to fall asleep, and you’ll end up contemplating about them if you should wake up during the night.
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