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Better sleep, a key to better health

Adequate sleep with active lifestyle plays a vital role in one’s overall well-being. An 8-hour sleep a day is essential to set this pattern right. Many people, however, find it difficult to adhere to this schedule. A diverse range of contributing factors are working behind this, and every individual’s reason for the sleepless pattern is not the same.

Some factors which may disrupt our sleeping patterns are:

Melatonin hormone balance: It is a hormone produced by our brain in response to darkness which manages our sleep-wake pattern. Irregular production of this hormone due to excessive light exposure during night time, etc. may even result in insomnia, anxiety and stress in severe conditions. In urban cities, extreme usage of smartphones, and other gadgets during bedtime has become a common habit affecting one’s sleeping pattern. It is advisable to avoid usage of electronic gadgets before bed time.

Stress and other mental health issues: Many a time, one may feel exhausted but find it really hard to fall asleep and experience discomfort while trying to stay in one position. These are the symptoms of stress or early signs of mental health problems. To overcome this condition, a thorough understanding of the issues creating discomfort or stress is needed, and consultation with a mental health expert for a comprehensive solution is recommended.

Delayed sleep: Avoiding sleep itself is a problem that causes irregular or disturbed sleep. Maintaining a consistent sleeping schedule is highly suggested so our body can get attuned to it. Delays in normal sleeping schedules may occur due to unavoidable circumstances, yet making this a habit may result in serious health issues.

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea has, today, become one of the common health concerns. People who snore need to be more aware of this condition, specially as many of them experience interrupted sleep due to repeated start and stop of breathing. This is one of the many symptoms of sleep apnea which may have short or long-term health consequences. It will be wise to consult a medical specialist if symptoms persist.

Steps to set your sleeping pattern right:

Try to decrease screen time, especially at night

  • Make sure the mattress is comfortable
  • Avoid beverages like coffee, alcohol or tea before bedtime
  • Avoid cigarettes and tobacco
  • Keep tabs on mental health, and consult a specialist if necessary.
  • Maintain an optimum level of darkness in the sleeping room
  • Maintaining a work-life balance.

If symptoms persist, immediately seek consultation from a medical expert, as none of the tips mentioned above can be a substitute for medical advice.

Dr. Sunil Singla, Director and Head of the Department


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