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World Sleep Day 2020 strives for a Better Planet!

  • 09 March 2020
  • By Shveta Bhagat
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The annual World Sleep Day being marked on 13th  March is in its 13th edition. This year’s slogan is aptly phrased - Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet. Sums it all.

The day is marked as a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues regarding sleep. It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. World Sleep Day is held the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox of each year.

The importance of sleep has only further increased in the times we are living in. According to somnologist  Dr Himanshu Gupta, Founder Aviss Health, “We are living in very insecure times where people are suffering from anxiety of all that is happening in our world, from deadly virus fear to economic instability and general world events. Sleep is the simplest way to disconnect and overcome anxiety. We also save resources when we sleep more. A day dedicated to sleep brings it more in the spotlight and people are once again forced to relook at their sleep habits and well being.”

Be it mental well being or physical well being, sleep is an absolute necessity. According to Dr Miten Sheth, Surgeon, The Knee Clinic, Mumbai, “Discussion on Sleep is very relevant to our times. As Orthopedic surgeons we see a lot of overused muscle injuries in athletes. Inadequate rest is a big risk factor that isn’t tackled as frequently as it should be. There is ample evidence to support the notion of adequate sleep before training and game participation. As far as the older generation is concerned, arthritis responds best to rest. Heaviness, stiffness and constant discomfort with activity is the hallmark of osteoarthritis. Such kind of pains can be relieved by consistent, good sleep.”

The body indeed needs time to recover at the end of every day. Here are some key reasons as to why exactly.

Sleep Benefits:

Increased Concentration

The right amount of sleep can enhance a person’s problem-solving skills, as well as memory retention. Our thinking skills sharpen when our brain is refreshed and working to its optimum.

 Healthy Energy

Energy is heightened if the body has been given a chance to recharge to its fullest. Sports people need rest to rejuvenate their energy supplies. Resting releases cortisol, which helps in recovery

Less calories

Despite being often overlooked, sleep has the ability to serve as a surprisingly good workout routine. Not only does sleeping more prevent you from late night snacking, it also by its very nature burns calories.

Better Immunity

Good sleep ensures your body produces necessary antibodies to combat viruses in the air. A weakened immune system is a natural by-product of a body functioning at subpar levels.

Emotional well-being

 Not getting enough sleep has the potential to hinder our social abilities. It becomes harder to recognize communication cues when tired, and affects how we react to the behaviour of others.

Finally, as we can see for a positive existence and fuller life with better resilience and more energy, sleep is a prerequisite.

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