Diya Tanushree talks about her thoughts regarding sleep, and some easy ways to get the most out of the eight hours.
Sleep is a naturally recurring state of mind and body, characterized by altered consciousness, relatively inhibited sensory activity, reduced muscle activity and inhibition of nearly all voluntary muscles during rapid eye movement sleep, and reduced interactions with surroundings, it is said.
That is, of course, the scientific explanation. I believe sleep to be the highest form of relaxation, along with meditation and rest. Sleeping is when your mind is relaxed and you are unconscious. It is a natural break from the outside world we all need.
The importance of sleep: Sleep plays an extremely important role in your well-being and health. The more you sleep, the better your mental, physical and emotional health is. Proper amounts of sleep lowers risks for chronic conditions like diabetes and heart diseases. Sleeping will also help you do better in school and/or work. You will get sick less often, stay at a healthy weight and reduce stress. It lets your body repair, restore and replenish.
Many people have difficulties sleeping and other sleep-related issues as well. The most well-known are Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy and Jet lag.
If you are someone who faces issues sleeping on time or staying asleep here are a few things you could try:
1. Set a certain time: If you believe in your mind that you must sleep and awaken at a certain time, it will happen. You can also set alarms and retrain yourself entirely to help with this.
2. Don't consume caffeine in big amounts: Caffeine keeps you awake. It's as simple as that. Avoid drinking too much coffee or other caffeinated beverages during the day, especially towards the end of the day.
3. Meditate: Meditation is when you relax and let your mind rest. Whilst meditating, the chances of you falling asleep are high.
4. Imagine a relaxing scene: By this point, dear reader, you would've realised that relaxation is of the utmost importance. Even doing as much as imagining a relaxing scene, suppose a field with wind blowing, can get you to sleep easily.
5. Comfort: Make sure your bed or wherever you're sleeping is a comfortable place for your body- one where you can let go and relax.
It is advised by doctors and other research scientists that adults should get 7-9 hours of sleep every day. 5 hours of sleep might not be enough for a person- the body's ability to function declines.
So now, you, dear reader, look at the time. If you're reading this in the middle of the night instead of sleeping, go sleep!