Published on Sep 23, 2015 and last reviewed on Mar 11, 2019 - 4 min read
Maybe you are stressed and already busy in a fix of life's untiring tasks. There is a lot of lacking behind when you look at your schedule and calendar is always showing you dates ahead of what you are expecting. Who will have time to sleep enough in these moments of life. Many of us think this will be a waste of time is spent on sleeping.
But, we forget what sleep actually is and why we actually are lacking behind the schedules. Our whole body including brain needs proper spells of a sound sleep and that too in a periodic way to work optimally and give us the best output as needed for us. Sleep is the key to fast reflexes, long term memory and remote usage of skills and knowledge. Success is the other name of balance in our sleep-wake cycle.
We forget in the hustle and bustle of modern life that keeping a balance in the sleep-wake cycle will make us more attentive and the work done will be more fruitful and quality oriented. Working hard is not needed, working smart is only needed in professional life. This can only be achieved through freshness from sound and peaceful sleep.
The Circadian Rhythm:
Chronobiologists describe the day and night (light and darkness) cycle to be present in human body named as circadian rhythm. It is based on the number of hours of daylight and the same for the night. Our body adjusts itself accordingly. The pineal gland in brain secretes melatonin hormone in response to the night or darkness. Melatonin is implicated as the chief controller of the circadian rhythm. Not only humans but animals body system also follow this cycle. That is why we should respect the call of the zoo management for evacuating the zoo after sunset so that all lights must be off to avoid disturbing the circadian rhythm of the animals.
If you do not get enough of the needed sleep, what may happen to you??
How Can We Get Better Sleep?
The number of sleep hours needed for an average human being is between 6-9 per 24 hours. But it is not only the number of hours needed to sleep. Quality sleep matters a lot. Reason for a poor quality sleep may be snoring, anxiety, depression, tension headache, migraine, temporal arteritis, glaucoma, uncontrolled diabetes leading to polyuria (frequent urination) and nocturia (waking at night to urinate), hypertension, pain in the body, etc.
If you cannot get up easily in the morning, unable to focus on important tasks of daily life, or lacking behind your peers, the reason may be sleep deprivation. Try the tips aforementioned and you will definitely get better sleep and will have a chance to excel in your life.
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Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 year old male, and I am a doctor. From the past year, I have been suffering from delayed onset sleep disorder, I sleep at 4 AM and wake up after noon. I saw a psychiatrist, and he put me on Melatonin, Modafinil, and Zolfresh. But I am still unable to sleep at the desired time, a... Read Full »
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