Sleep.jpgIn simple medical terms Chronic sleep insufficiency is common in modern society and may result from a variety of factors, including work demands, social and family responsibilities, medical conditions, and sleep disorders.A wise man called this as sleep debt of ones own. Sleep debt, when it accumulates, individuals may experience reduced performance, increased risk for accidents and death, and detrimental effects on both psychological and physical health.

Duration (quantity) and depth (quality) are both essential components of sleep. Daytime alertness is compromised in absence of both or in case of any one, quantity or quality of sleep is not sufficient.

Feeling foggy and grumpy are the two major and simple effects you can notice due to lac of sleep. Memory, health, looks, and even ability to lose weight are lost due to lack of sleep.

Sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can put you at risk for:

Heart disease

Heart attack

Heart failure

Irregular heartbeat

High Blood Pressure

Stroke

Diabetes

HOW MUCH SLEEP DO WE NEED? — It is difficult to determine what constitutes a normal quantity of sleep for a given individual. One approach involves determining how long a patient would sleep if left to awaken spontaneously. An alternative approach involves determining how alert the patient feels after different durations of sleep. Alertness is normal if the patient wakes feeling refreshed and is capable of moving through the day feeling alert without effort, even when placed in boring or monotonous situations.

Some important tips I could gather from several online blogs and medical teams working around sleep apnea (Sleep disorder) are as under:

Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day.  Be smart about napping. Napping is a good way to recharge and make up for lost sleep hours. But if you tend to have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night, napping can make things worse. Fight after-dinner drowsiness. If you find yourself getting sleepy way before your bedtime, get off the couch and do something mildly stimulating to avoid falling asleep.

Thomas Dekker states, “Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together”.

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