Everyone is rushing to obtain something they don’t possess in life, and in the process, we are sacrificing sleep, which is a gift that deserves just as much love as any other.
The battle for a good night’s sleep is serious and necessary, as one out of every three adults does not get enough sleep. As per Philips Global Sleep Survey, 2019, 62 per cent of adults worldwide say they don’t get as much sleep as they’d like. While sleep disruptions are reported by 67 per cent of people at least once a night.
The problems are many that hinder our ability to sleep soundly and the most identified causes are:
- Stress: More people have died as a result of stress than any other factor. It has resulted in sleep anxiety and insomnia, as well as significant headaches, vomiting, exhaustion, and other unpleasant side effects. Procrastination has killed not just the brain cells, but also people who have the ability to imagine the worst-case scenario.
- Poor Sleep Habits: People don’t understand how crucial is to have a maintained sleep schedule as the side effects of it will outline the human body, hence resulting in worse possible outcomes. People drink too much caffeine or alcohol or spend too much time on their phones, tv or video games.
- Excessive eating late at night: Eating too much can make you physically uncomfortable when you’re lying down. Heartburn, or backflow of acid and food from the stomach into the oesophagus after eating, is common and can keep you awake.
- Stimulants like Caffeine, Tea, Nicotine, and Alcohol Meddle with Sleep: They can help you stay awake at night if you drink them late in the afternoon or evening. Nicotine, which is included in cigarette products, Coffee and Tea, is another stimulant that can disrupt sleep. While alcohol may help you fall asleep, it stops you from sleeping deeper and frequently wakes you up in the middle of the night.
- Medications: Many prescription drugs, such as antidepressants and asthma or blood pressure medications, can disrupt sleep.
- Varying Sleeping patterns: As you become older, your sleep gets less restful, so noise or other changes in your environment are more likely to wake you up. Your internal clock often advances as you get older, causing you to become weary earlier in the evening and wake up earlier in the morning. Older individuals, on the other hand, require the same amount of sleep as younger people.
- Medical problems: Chronic pain, cancer, diabetes, heart illness, asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), hyperactive thyroid, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease are all disorders connected to sleeplessness.
- Travel or work commitments: Sleep patterns serve as an internal clock that regulates your sleep-wake cycle, metabolism, and body temperature. Insomnia can be caused by disrupting your body’s circadian rhythms. Jetlag from flying across numerous time zones, working a late or early shift, or changing shifts regularly are all causes.
There are other more causes of sleeplessness or insomnia, but the solutions are simple and clear:
- Maintain a Regular Sleep Schedule
- Eat an hour before going to bed.
- For a restful night’s sleep, read a book, take a shower, or listen to music.
- Don’t use mobile phones or keep them near your bed.
- Caffeine, tea, and alcohol should not be consumed before bed.
Remember, A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.