How far away is the weekend? You ask yourself this on every working weekday just so that you can catch some extra sleep. But come the weekend and you are partying it up!
With our schedules filled with hustle and bustle, somewhere our sleep takes a toll. The night fairy is not getting enough chances to sprinkle some sleep beans for you to relax better!
Why We Need Proper Hours of Sleep
You may be like ‘I can do without much sleep,’ but your body actually cannot. Less sleep can cripple your mind and body.
How Much Does it Affect You?
Our brain needs sleep! Baby-like sleep assists our brain to consolidate long-term memory and shun out the unwanted information.
Remember you were asked to not be a rote learner in school but rather a meaningful one, who is learning things and not just remembering syllabus for exams?
We see, learn, and perform a lot of tasks during the day. Sleep supports the brain to streamline our memory by remembering only the things that are deemed important when you wake up the next morning.
Capability of our Brain
Our brain is a superhero all day and night and just keeps on working. While we sleep, its powers include clearing out toxins.
And not just any toxins, it throws out β-amyloid protein, which is a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. The space between brain cells expands during sleep and the trashy substances are thrown out through cerebrospinal fluid.
Do you find yourself yawning all day and complaining about how you were not able to put down your phone last night?
Well, denying your mind and body proper sleep will come back to bite you! It will decrease your ability to focus and pay attention to important tasks during the day. Your cognitive abilities such as reading, learning, and processing information will get hampered.
Did you know that Albert Einstein used to sleep punctually for 10 hours every night? That’s more than the required amount of sleep! It is suggested to take atleast 7-8 hours of sleep every night. This says so much about what we think of successful people, right?
They are not necessarily sleeping less and working more but rather strategizing their schedule, which does not comprise their health. Even Bill Gates never misses out on his seven hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation apparently strips away your creativity.
Tips to Sleep Better
Rather than tossing and turning all night in hopes to catch some sleep, why not employ some simple tips that can help you sleep!
- Wear an eye mask to block out any light, as light stimulates alertness.
- Do not nap for more than 20 minutes in the daytime.
- Try earplugs to cut off unwanted noises.
- Do not keep your alarm clock very close to your bed.
- Stop counting hours left for you to sleep.
- Some Ayurvedic herbs that can induce sleep without causing side-effects are Sarpagandha and Jatamansi.
Sleep Like a Baby
If you are sleeping for less than six hours in a day, then you are harming your mental ability and putting your physical health at risk. The groggy and grumpy you, may not realize the damage that you are implicating on your body. So what we are saying is to never miss out on your sleep at night.