In an era of internet-addicted-night-owls and our rigorous work schedule framed by deadlines – this vital act of resting has started to lose its precedence. As night outs and overtime hours creep into our natural circadian rhythm to replace the adequate sleeping hours, we find ourselves shyly trading our wellbeing in exchange for momentary thrill and sustenance. And before our health is greatly jeopardized, it’s time we sit up and take notice of our habits, and perhaps consider going back to the orthodox ways of living a life, balanced by hard work and sound sleeps. The first step to start being possessive about our sleep is to pursue it in the larger context of how it’s instrumental to our healthy existence, and not merely few hours of snuggling in the bed. Here are some of the unique benefits of a good night sleep.
Sleep is the body’s natural recovery mechanism to replenish lost energy through a day’s work, thus allowing us to spring back to life rejuvenated. Sound sleeping habit aids in sharper memory and muscle recovery, besides boosting our immunity and effectively controlling appetite. A well-defined sleeping schedule is the one that involves waking up and going to bed at the same time, in a cool, dark place. The darkness triggers secretion of melatonin (the sleep hormone) in our body that induces a sense of calm, thus helping us sleep better. No wonder why nights are designated resting hours everywhere. Avoiding caffeine and screen exposure too are essential prerequisites of a good night’s sleep.
To all the workaholics and late risers out there, hit the bed. Please. It’s going to make your wakeful hours more productive than ever.