The Global Problem of Sleep Deprivation

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According to a recent Dutch study of a nationally representative sample of individuals, 32 per cent did complain of experiencing a disturbance in general sleep. While a good 43.2 per cent of the total sample said they did suffer from inadequate sleep. The study included individuals in the age group of 18-70 years.

Another study conducted on over 1200 high school students in Norway, did reveal an estimate of 10.4 per cent prevalence of behaviourally-induced insufficient sleep syndrome. Though, in a recent survey, about 83.6 million adults in the United States did report sleeping less than 7 hours in 24 hours. This sample consisted of students in the 16-19 age group.

Now, this chronic sleep deprivation is becoming a serious public health concern. In the current situation, this does affect most of the population. Though, young adults are at an increased rate of vulnerability to acute sleep deprivation than older individuals.

Several work cultures are still deep-rooted in the myth that working harder and longer is the best thing to do, possibly. There’s a popular belief, “If you snooze, you lose”, so if you sacrifice sleep, you can accomplish better things. That is the main reason why everyone across the globe is consuming so much coffee. Mostly, ambitious employees across the world pull in longer working hours and weeks, only surviving on huge mugs of coffee. Usually, they do manage to sleep for about five or six hours.

Meanwhile, corporate culture often does push you to pull in long hours on the job. The unfortunate fact is that deprivation of sleep is an important issue. And it if often ignored by most of us. Even, when sleep deprivation is linked with a rise in accidents, medical and other occupational hazards.

Some useful Tips for Better Sleep

* Stay away from consuming caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before going to bed.

* Avoid eating heavy meals within two hours of bedtime.

* Do not indulge in heavy exercises within two hours of bedtime.

* If you cannot go to sleep within 20 minutes of going to bed, then sit up and try doing something which is boring. Especially, till you feel tired and doze off.

* Lower down extreme exposure of light, noise and temperature in your sleeping area.

* Maintain your sleeping time to a regular.

* Attempt to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.

* Do not read, watch TV or work in bed.

In fact, you can take a hot water shower two hours before hitting the sack. Mainly, because hot watre helps to relax the body. And this helps you to fall asleep because the body temperature drops.


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