World Sleep Day highlights importance of sleep in life

NEW DELHI March 17, 2018: With a view to highlighting the importance of sleep in the life of human beings, the world observed World Sleep Day on March 16. In the fast-moving world, the sleep is one thing which tells you that you should slow down, get down to the bed and start taking rest.

Media reports said, this year the slogan for World Sleep Day is to ‘Join the Sleep World, Preserve Your Rhythms to Enjoy Life’.

According to experts, one should ideally sleep seven to eight hours a day. The condition where people have persistent problems falling and staying asleep is called insomnia.

An ongoing study at the WellSpan York Hospital in the US to assess the impact of “Heartfulness Meditation” on insomnia has shown promising results for chronic insomniacs.

For the study, 28 participants diagnosed with chronic insomnia completed an eight-week study involving the practice of “Heartfulness Meditation” as an intervention to help with insomnia.

Those experiencing a crunch in time could practice the simplified Raja Yoga meditation techniques of “Heartfulness” which is designed to suit modern-day hectic lifestyle and are effective in improving sleep.

Lack of sleep or insomnia can result in irritability, drowsiness and fatigue. It can also take a toll on your mental focus which may further impact your daily activities and work commitments. In worse cases, it can also lead to depression. Insomnia can be short-term, or chronic and long-term lasting from a few days to months.

The cases of insomnia are at an all-time high. People due to factors like stress; lifestyle habits and dietary choices are encountering the condition in increasing numbers. Treatment options include both pharmacological and non-pharmacological measures. Pharmacological treatments may be associated with significant adverse effects.

In adults, sleep disturbances lead to a wide range of health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, depression, early ageing, alcoholism and other substance abuse.

Children are not spared either. Sleep problems are also prevalent among children and teenagers due to their growing internet addiction. Children are spending more and more times in front of screens, which is taking a direct toll on their quality of sleep.

Several studies have shown that meditation can fight insomnia and improve quality of sleep. Several studies have also noted how meditation augments the synthesis of melatonin in the pineal gland, a hormone that regulates the natural sleep cycle. Stress inhibits the production of melatonin.

Meditation also regulates the mind, directly reducing anxiety and depression.