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Prioritise Your Sleep

Ah, Sleep! A seemingly endless list of benefits for physical, mental, and emotional health. Even so, many people do not prioritise it as they should. The population of teenagers is still very uninterested in focusing on this topic and they won’t realise how harmful it is in the long run. Sleep-deprived people are always less productive while working. Productivity and concentration are essential for completing those tasks, and sleep is one of the most effective ways to improve these cognitive abilities. It is widely acknowledged that the lack of sleep has a negative impact on performance, attention, and productivity.

Taking enough and a proper amount of sleep can prevent anxiety problems in both children and adults. A recent study asked a group of young adults to watch an unsettling video after a night of poor sleep and then after a night of restful sleep. The researchers discovered that a sleepless night increased anxiety by 30%! In contrast, sleep researcher Matthew Walker of the University of California Berkeley and his colleagues confirmed in a follow-up experiment to the one linked previously that people who had the most deep sleep experienced the least anxiety the next day. While the relationship between sleep and anxiety is still being researched, research like this suggests that it may be worthwhile to prescribe sleep hygiene improvements to those with anxiety disorders in order to benefit both their sleep and anxiety.

An appropriate amount of sleep doesn’t make you productive and prevent anxiety but stabilise your mood to a greater extent. A recent study confirmed the effects that a lack of sleep has on the emotion of anger, specifically — that individuals who get an adequate amount of sleep each night exhibit fewer emotional outbursts and display fewer aggressive behaviours. It may sound obvious, but maintaining a stable mood and prohibiting aggressive outbreaks is crucially important for healthy relationships, and sleep can help with both of these mood-related concerns. 

Sleep deprivation can lead us to so many consequences which is harmful for all of us –

  • Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
  • Irritability and short temper
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty in focusing and remembering
  • Brain Fog

Still, there are ways to improve your sleep routine and prevent yourself from indulging in all the bad impacts that we can have if we stick to our worse routines.

  • Stress and lack of sleep are inextricably linked. While it may be tempting to watch or read the news before bed, it may be one of the worst things you can do for your sleep because it increases your stress levels, making it difficult to fall asleep.
  • Make an effort to enforce consistent bedtime and wake time, such as going to bed at 11 p.m. and waking up at 7 a.m. every day of the week. While this is a difficult task, it is necessary for better sleep and high-quality life.

So, the single most effective thing we can do each day to reset the health of our brain and body is to sleep. Sleep can be thought of as the Swiss Army Knife of health. Whatever ailment you’re dealing with, sleep usually has a tool in its toolbox that can help. So, in my opinion, the Shangri-La is less concerned with extending people’s lives and more concerned with extending people’s health spans, because when you ask most people, that’s what they really want when they’re trying to live a clean, healthy lifestyle. They do not want a life riddled with diseases and illness. But when you start depriving your brain and body of sleep, that’s exactly what you’re inviting.If you fight biology, normally you lose. And the moment you know you have lost are diseases and sickness.

So, tell me, do you want to carry a sick brain?

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Haala Aslam

Haala Aslam

Haala Aslam, an undergraduate at Aligarh Muslim University, loves to write and explore new ideas. Currently working as Jr. Associate of Content Team, Gurucool.

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