Sleep Debt Covered
By Nmami Agarwal
It is generally said that the mood in which you wake up with is mainly dependent on the type of sleep you have been in, last night. How many times in a week you wake up to groggy mornings?
Waking up in the morning with a desire to sleep more, but still catch on work and yawn all throughout the day, is an irritation that you have to bear, which simply indicates that you are deficit on sleeping hours. But that isn’t so simple. There may be many reasons that are responsible for disrupting your sleep cycle and rob you of that precious sleep: your bed partner, noise, light, room that’s too hot, an old mattress or pillow.
Studies on sleep deprivation have established that there may be severe consequences of not sleeping sufficiently. Good sleep is linked to improved immunity and better concentration and productivity. Actually, sleep is the physiological need of your body, when your body organs relax to the maximum to refresh themselves. And if you are running low on it then you may place yourself in risk zone of heart diseases and diabetes. In fact, some of the major restorative functions of the body and brain like muscle growth, tissue repair, and glucose metabolism, happen only during deep sleep.
Cut on your caffeine intake post lunch, bring in a healthy and nutritious breakfast and dine early such that there is three hours gap between your eat and sleep hour. Other than that, go for chamomile tea before your bed time; add banana, cherry, and chickpea in your meal plan to get the better sleep. All these acts can pull you towards a sound sleep.
Turn off the lights of your room and don’t cling long around the television and mobile phones before you go off to sleep. When you wake up, your brain puts off melatonin (i.e. the sleep-inducing hormone) production and boosts cortisol (a natural steroid) output, but snoozing your alarm in the morning repeatedly confuses your body and dismantles the cycle. So fix your alarm bells to the hour when you don’t have to snooze it again and again.
What role do you have to play?
Here the challenge begins when you have to set the alarm not only to wake up but also to sleep down, making sure that around eight hours of night you devote harmoniously to your sleep. To begin with, have happy hours of sleep for #15 days and uncover the melodious mornings instead of groggy ones.
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