Sleeplessness is precisely what the name suggests, but results in much more health hazards than you could possibly imagine. It actually refers to the inability to get sufficient amount of sleep. People suffering from this condition either find it difficult or impossible to stay in sound sleep through the night, or are unable to fall asleep in the first place.
You Need Sleep
Sleep remains an indispensable part of your life; a primary function that your body must perform every single day. It is said that an adult needs about 6 – 7 hours of quality sleep so as to feel well-rested and ready to face the highs and lows of the next day. While we cannot lay enough stress on the importance of sleep, let us go through some of the benefits offered by sleep.
Significance of Sleep
Your body performs various repairing and renewing activities which preps you for another day. While you sleep, your body carries out these vital processes effortlessly. It is believed that when you sleep, the body gets busy conserving energy and decreasing the enhanced blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and body temperature. Meanwhile, the brain remains active–liberating memory, restoring daytime mental performance and carrying out processes that lead to physical growth. A good sleep is therefore, important for the normal functioning of your brain and emotional accessibility.
Sleep does a lot for you, even without you being aware and conscious about these processes. There is no single, primary function of sleep, but a host of these. Let us take a quick look at some of them:
- Sleep controls your body temperature as well as the metabolic rate
- Keeps your immune system working
- Controls your brain function while relaxing and rejuvenating while also restoring memory
- Keeps your heart and blood vessels healthy, and your blood pressure in control
- Repairs the body tissues and stimulates growth in children
- Regulates your appetite, hence keeping your body weight in check
- Controls the blood glucose levels.
All these benefits not only lay the foundation for your physical as well as mental well-being, but also increase your day time performance and personal safety.
The problem of sleeplessness, however, disrupts these activities and increases your likelihood of developing long-term health issues. Let us take a look at some of those problems.
Distress associated with Sleeplessness
Insufficient sleep or sleep deprivation makes it difficult for you to get through the next day, the way you normally would. This is what tends to happen.
- You would be sluggish and lethargic, and more likely to experience excessive daytime sleepiness.
- You could be struggling with headaches during morning, due to insufficient physical and mental rest.
- Your productivity would be affected, as you won’t be able to take decisions as effectively as you would be doing otherwise.
- You are also more likely to experience poor memory.
- And you would find yourself making tiny, silly mistakes ever so often.
- The same could also make you more prone to accidents by slowing down your natural reflexes. This is because you would not be able to focus and respond quickly, which could often put you at the risk.
- You would also be cranky, and get easily irritated at the slightest of provocation. This might affect your relationships, and distance you from the people who matter.
- Sleeplessness gradually takes a toll on your health. You will feel the urge to wake up more frequently, and eat something in order to kill the time. Over a period of time, this would make you put on unhealthy weight.
- Other chronic health problems such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are also common among those who remain consistently sleep deprived.
- And moreover, you would find yourself excessively pondering over random thoughts, which could progressively cause stress and anxiety.
- Gradually, the problem of sleeplessness could even increase your dependence on drugs and alcohol to fall asleep, which is not only an unhealthy practice, but might also make you an addict.
Please note that not being able to sleep once in a while is perfectly normal and happens with almost all of us. In this case the body manages to make up for it by taking a nap during day time, or sleeping a little early and extra the next night. But if you haven’t been getting enough sleep for day’s altogether, your sleep debt would definitely tend to increase. Eventually, in order to restore your sleep balance, you would need unrestricted good quality sleep at least for few nights in a row.
So take all measures to ensure that no matter how long and hectic your day has been, you are able to get a good night’s sleep. Forget all about what happened during the day, and what is about to happen the next. Give your mind a break, and your body the rest it needs to prevent your life from falling apart. And do sleep well one night at a time!
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Author: Dr Sonica Krishan
Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through
Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is a leading Ayurveda
Professional in India. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant and
Holistic Healing Coach.