As the days pass where people worldwide stay cooped up indoors amidst stringent lockdown measures, the number of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 has risen to shocking levels of over 5,30,000, with the deadly disease claiming more than 24,000 lives. Also Read: Coronavirus: All You Need To Know About Home Quarantine Guidelines
While this might invariably lead to restless thoughts and disturbing nightmares for many, losing all hope of life returning to normal and wondering if the future may indeed be bleak, now is the time that proper sleep is more important and necessary, than ever before.
Yes, working from home, kids on school break, or simply not having much to do for most of the day does tend to put one's routine in disarray. While some people are troubled thinking about how life can go on regularly, this shift in schedules or lack of things to do could even lead to extreme laziness and loss of interest in several others. This results in staying up late into the night, binge-watching videos, tv shows and movies on Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Hotstar well past midnight, thus negatively influencing sleep hygiene.
However, though sleeping might seem like a casual thing to do or even a waste of time for some, it is an integral part of ensuring optimal physical and mental well-being. Numerous scientific studies have shown that an average adult requires at least 7 hours of continuous sleep every day, with children and teenagers needing 8 hours or more. Sleeping through the night confers some fantastic benefits for wellness including providing the strained out bones and muscles some rest, clearing out the digestive tract to ingest fresh food the following day, revitalizing the key organs such as heart, brain, liver and kidneys to perform optimally as well as refreshing the mind. Also Read: 9 tips to improve the quality of your sleep
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5 Proven Health Benefits Of A Good Night's Sleep:
Improves Immune Response
Sleeping through the night guarantees the cytokines, the immune system response cells to any disease, are recharged and can function to their maximum capacity. This vastly promotes the body’s inherent defense mechanism, to safeguard the system from common cold, flu and prevent the occurrence of severe bacterial and viral infections, like the current coronavirus disease.
Reduces Lethargy And Fatigue
While sleeping, the cells in the body replenish their energy supply. This immensely boosts vitality and productivity the following day, to perform all tasks and activities with ease. Lack of proper sleep at night leads to high levels of tiredness, exhaustion, with lack of focus. It is hence vital to get ample rest at night to enable the body to function well the next day.
Enhances Mental Wellness
The benefits of getting enough sleep at the end of the day not only enrich physical capabilities but also enhances mental faculties of the brain. Sufficient rest for the neurons and other cells and tissues in the brain assures one of better efficiency at work, along with heightened concentration, memory and augmented intellect and cognition.
Lowers Risk Of Chronic Disease
Maintaining proper sleep hygiene of at least 7 hours of rest every night at a younger age, particularly during the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s goes a long way in enriching the quality of life in later years. The chances of acquiring chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma are significantly lessened, besides decreasing the possibility of declined memory and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, dementia etc.
Regulates Energy Metabolism
The central body parameters of blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body weight and energy synthesis are wonderfully regulated in people who get ample sleep at night. This guarantees that sufficient energy is supplied to the various organs in the system to carry out their routine functions, thus keeping the body metabolism running as usual.