Sunday, 1 November 2015

What is the importance of sleep?

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right time can help protect mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way one feels while awake depends in part on what happens while sleeping. During sleep, body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development. The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. Although the importance of sleep is immense, it seems to have been largely ignored and forgotten with today's hectic, frenzied lifestyle. Being busy and overscheduled is even viewed by some as badge of honour. Everyone seems to want to prove how frantic and fast-paced their lives are - and how exhausted it makes them. We push ourselves to work harder, faster, and better in a constant race against the clock. In an attempt to fit in everything that needs to be done, we allow the time that should be devoted to sleep to shrink and then further diminish. The phrases, "I'll make up for my lost sleep tomorrow/over the weekend/on vacation” are constant in our minds. We underestimate the importance of sleep and forget that sleep isn't a luxury, it's a biological necessity. For all our sophistication and civilized way of living, we must remember that our brains and bodies are governed by biological functions and needs. Sleep plays a huge part in the way our bodies function - so big, in fact, that if we are totally deprived of sleep for an extended period of time, we will die.

No comments:

Post a Comment