Sleep deprivation – it’s causes and effects

Sleep is a biological process that helps in rejuvenating our body and brain. Getting a sound sleep is as important as a balanced diet and exercise. On an average an adult requires about 6-8 hours of sleep. A major problem faced by today’s generation is the lack of proper sleep. Deficiency of sleep has a catastrophic impact on our work life, productivity and mental health. Sleep-deprivation is caused by multiple factors including stress, medical conditions like depression, sleep apnea, work obligations and lifestyle choices. It could even be a result of certain voluntary choices.

Proper sleep helps in:

Proper functioning of the body

Boosting immune system

Enhancing creativity and productivity

Improving memory

Reduce stress

Lowering the risk of serious health problems.

Sleep deprivation can affect the normal functioning of internal systems including, respiratory system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, and endocrine system. On a regular basis, people with sleep- deprivation experience the problems including tiredness, obesity, hypertension, depression and anxiety, decreased brain function, weaken immune system, low fertility rates, and psychiatric disorders

Tips to get a sound sleep:

Avoid the consumption of caffeine before bedtime

Avoid use of electric gadgets

Avoid daytime naps

Take a hot bath

Set bedroom temperature

Limit the intake of heavy food