Sleep tight and wake bright

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 12, 2013 09:43 hrs

New Delhi, Mar 12 (IBNS) Sleep is a gentle consoler, often having the power to drive away the sorrows of the wretched and banish the pain of those who lie in torture upon a bed of sickness.

Sleep is important for learning and creativity and moreover, sleep deprivation results in intellectual deprivation.

Sleep is a vital component of overall wellbeing, affecting the mental, physical and emotional health of adults and children alike.

World Sleep Day celebrated on March 15, is a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving.

It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

Insufficient sleep may lead to poor alertness, lack of attention, reduced concentration, decreased work and academic productivity, and even motor vehicle accidents.

The intention is to raise awareness of sleep as a human privilege that is often compromised by the habits of modern life.

Puneet Verma, General Manager, Sealy Mattresses India, said, "Sleep problems constitute a global epidemic affecting up to 45% of the world's population. Sleepiness and sleeplessness result in loss of quality sleep that can lead to numerous health problems, such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

"Wrong postures & bad quality of mattresses are prominent reasons behind these disorders."

"One of the major isssue behind sleep related issues are hectic and pacey lifestyle in metros. People are least bothered about proper sleep. Improper diets and lack of nutrition is one of the most important reason behind sleep disorders," said Ryan Fernando, Co-Founder, Qua Nutrition Clinic.

"In our country, increasing trend of junk foods is a major concerned as it doesn´t serve to the proper nutritional requirements of a human body and ultimately results in poor health," said Fernando.

Dr. Madhu Kotiya, Healer & Therapist, suggested: "One should always follow a routine of meditation, good eating and positive thinking. Increasing stress due to various responsibilities at work and home is a leading cause for the people who complaint of various sleep disorders.

"Proper meditation and various healing therapies can help onself to tackle pressure and enjoy a great sleep at night."

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