Research shows that we spend up to one-third of our lives sleeping. Sleep is a basic human need, much like eating and drinking, and is crucial to our overall health and well-being.
Sleep, like exercise and nutrition, is essential for metabolic regulation in children. There is evidence for a link between sleep duration and childhood obesity. The findings are more apparent in girls. Sleep duration is the effect of day-to-day variability of sleep-wake timing on weight regulation. Breathing regularly during sleep is critical to maintain well-being and health. Persistent interruption of the breathing function during sleep is called sleep apnea. This is a pervasive and common disorder that affects 4% of men and 2% of women.
Sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness and fatigue, and may lead to conditions such as hypertension, ischemic heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep is known to have a significant negative impact on our health in the long and short term. Next day effects of poor quality sleep include a negative impact on our attention span, memory recall and learning. Longer term effects are being studied, but poor quality sleep or sleep deprivation has been associated with significant health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, weakened immune systems and even some cancers. Lack of sleep is related to many psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety and psychosis.
Quality sleep is crucial to ensure good health and quality of life.
“Sleep problems should not be underestimated in today’s world. Its understandable, we want to squeeze out the maximum productivity from a day, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of sleep, as it will lead to far fetched economic, social and health consequences, which will take away any extra benefits obtained by sleeping less. A healthy sleep is a must for healthy ageing, and preventing the development of a multitude of disorders like diabetes, hypertension, cerebrovascular accidents, heart attack, dementia, depression, cognitive decline etc.Any difficulty in initiating or maintaining sleep, any abnormal behavior while sleeping or any excessive daytime sleepiness should be promptly brought to the attention of the nearest qualified sleep specialist.” said Dr. Sourav Das, MD, DNB, CCAM, IBSM (Somnos Sleep Clinic).
Dr. Uttam Agarwal, DLO, DNB, Fellowship in Sleep apnea surgery (Orange Sleep Apnea Clinic) said “Sleep is a basic human need, much like eating and drinking, and is crucial to our overall health And well-being. Research have shown that a poor sleep impacts memory and cognitive function and early skin ageing. A healthy sleep both quantative and qualitative is associated with bettter facial and tissue tone, protects against obesity, diabetes and hypertension, gives better immunity, safeguards against age realted cognitive decline and imparts protection against anxiety, depression apart from other numerous beneficial effects.”