Getting 7-9 hours’ sleep it is essential to your overall well-being. “Currently, due to stress and hectic schedules, about 35 percent of people do not get a good night’s sleep. This, in turn, tends to affect your health, ”said Dr. Satish Bhalgat, dentist specializing in sleep dentistry, ACI Cumballa Hill Hospital.
On World Sleep Day, which is celebrated annually on March 19, read on to find out why a good night’s sleep is the need of the hour.
Sleep it is an important function that calms your mind and cleanses your body leaving you feeling energetic, fresh and alert.
Less sleep leads to cognitive problems and your brain will not be able to function properly; makes you feel moody and irritable. Also, fluctuations in blood pressure, chances of stroke and heart disease, obesity (weight gain), increased blood sugar levels.
“Plus, you will also be surprised to learn that poor sleep habits can be related to depression. People with insomnia can have anxiety and depression, ”said Dr. Bhalgat.
Also, lack of sleep can lead to an increase inflammation in the body. Problems such as not recognizing the emotions or expressions of others can also arise due to poor sleep habits.
What are the benefits of a good night’s sleep?
* Sleep is beneficial for the health of your heart and reduces the chances of heart attacks and strokes.
* Sleep is not only essential for your physical well-being, but also for your mental well-being. A good sleep routine will help you fight depression, stress, and even inflammation. It will also improve the function of your immune system.
* It can refresh you and help you focus and concentrate on your work. This, in turn, can lead to higher productivity. It can help improve your memory. So you will be able to do this better and also remember them.
* It can reduce the risk of road and work accidents.
* You will be surprised to learn that the hormones ghrelin and leptin, which are responsible for regulating appetite, can be disrupted due to lack of sleep. Therefore, a deep sleep of 7 to 9 hours will help you fight the bulge.
Essential tips for a good night’s sleep
* Maintain a good sleep routine. Stick to a set sleep and wake schedule even on weekends.
* Exercise daily, but not before going to bed.
* Avoid caffeine and alcohol in the second half of the day, as they are known as sleep robbers.
* Do not watch television or use the mobile (blue screens) about 1 hour before sleeping.
* Make sure to set a suitable room temperature and make sure the bedroom is dark and quiet.
“If you have trouble sleeping, see a sleep specialist, sleep dentist, ENT surgeon, or pulmonologist and do a home sleep test to see if you have sleep apnea or other breathing disorders during sleep,” said Dr. Bhalgat.