The Importance Of Sleep & Tips On How To Sleep Better

Rishi Shah, Staff Writer

Why We Need Sleep:

  1. Increase your immunity
  2. Boost your productivity
  3. Improve your mood
  4. Improve learning
  5. Enhance your decision making

What Happens When We Don’t Sleep Enough?

Sleep deprivation has bodily consequences. According to many sources, it lowers your immune system and can lead to chronic health concerns, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and insomnia.

In addition, insufficient sleep has been connected to Parkinson’s disease. Sleep functions in your mind like a housekeeper, sweeping away the poisonous protein that accumulates during the day. So when you don’t get enough sleep, the bad stuff doesn’t get washed away, and the extra protein leads to dementia later in life.

According to research, a lack of sleep has an impact on your mental health as well. Many studies demonstrate that sleep disruption increases the risk of depression and bipolar disorder.

Tips On How To Get The Best Sleep

Make a sleeping schedule. Create a bedtime routine. Brushing your teeth and turning down your bedding might be enough. Maintain a consistent sleep routine involving going to bed and getting up simultaneously every day.

Limit your screen time. Sleeping close to your phone or looking at your electronic device before bed harms your sleep. Devices produce blue light, which can disrupt your biological clock. Begin limiting screen time about 30 minutes before your bedtime for good sleep.

Caffeine should be consumed only in the morning and early afternoon. If you drink coffee, reconsider that late-afternoon coffee boost. Caffeine interferes with our sleep, and the long-term consequences of caffeine are frequently underestimated. According to research published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, caffeine can impair sleep when ingested up to six hours before bedtime. Instead of coffee, you can consider drinking green tea or chai tea.

Reduce the brightness. Our sleep is being harmed by artificial light. Melatonin synthesis is suppressed by light, which is necessary for sleep. You should consider using low-power incandescent light bulbs in your bedroom and minimizing exposure to artificial light after dark. Consider employing blackout drapes or hiding the glow from devices to filter off artificial light sources.