You will be surprised to know that the entire world is facing the problem of insomnia, which is increasing with the passage of time. In this article, I am going to talk about some interesting facts about insomnia and sleep. In the end, I will also share some tips on how to beat insomnia. Sleep is a gift of nature and if you are able to sleep for 7 to 8 hours a day then, you are one of the luckiest persons in this world. If you ask the same question to me then, my answer will be 5 to 6 hours.
As per a recent study conducted by a consumer products’ giant (2015), 93% of the Indians are sleep-deprived. The survey also found that 72% of the people are waking up one to three times in the night and 87% say that they are not in good health due to lack of sleep. These people have also admitted that lack of sleep. Scientists have found that 24 x 7 lifestyle, using mobile till late nights, working in rotational shifts and to stay ahead of the competition have contributed to insomnia.
Are you wasting your time while sleeping?
“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” Extremely prophetic” – Thomas Dekker
Thomas Alva Edision described sleep, ‘as a waste of time, a heritage from our cave days’
If you consider 8 hours of sleep per day to be the benchmark then, a person aged 90 years, would have spent 32 years in sleep. That’s why many people think that they are wasting their time sleeping. But, that’s not the case. Sleep is a gift from nature for our good health.
Some facts about sleep
During sleep, brain cells work very hard to remove all the waste that builds up when we are awake. Sleep can be divided into two stages –
- NREM (Non-Rapid Eye Movement)
- REM (Rapid Eye Movement)
NREM sleep is the type of sleep when you don’t dream. NREM sleep helps your body to restore and recover. REM sleep lasts for about 90 minutes and takes place in 3 to 4 parts. Everyone dreams in REM sleep. Eyes moves very fast, while closed.
Studies have also shown that people who are in higher postions are found to sleep. So, you can say that the amount of responsibilty is inversely proportion to the time you sleep.
In this section of the article, I am going to share tips that will help you to beat insomnia.
- Exercise after waking up in the morning.
- Avoid sleeping during daytime. If required, don’t sleep for more than 30 minutes.
- Stop using electronic gadgets for 30 minutes before you go to sleep.
- Listening to soothing music can help you to fall asleep.
- Cut down your caffeine, nicotine and alcohol consumption. It would be great if you can avoid them.
- For best advice, you can always consult your doctor.
Hope these few tips will help you to beat insomnia.