Ensure good sleep to be healthy: doctors on World Sleep Day

Updated - March 19, 2016 05:33 am IST

Published - March 19, 2016 12:00 am IST - NEW DELHI:

Students with disturbed sleep are more likely to be depressed, face emotional and behavioural disturbance, see deteriorating academic performance, internet and gaming addiction, excessive gadget use, inter-personal relationship problems , and alcohol and drug abuse.

This was suggested by a survey conducted among 500 college-going students by the Cosmos Institute of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences (CIMBS). The study found that 34 per cent female students and 15.7 per cent male students reported disturbed sleep. “Psychiatrists are seeing a new trend of sleep disorder among children, adolescents and youth in which the individual sleeps late and wakes up late,” said Dr. Sunil Mittal (Director, CIMBS) on World Sleep Day, which is observed on March 18.

According to Dr. Sunil Mittal, “Treatment of sleep disorders can reduce risk of hypertension, diabetes, cancers, depression, as well as help prevent accidents.”

Meanwhile, Curofy, India’s largest community of doctors conducted a poll and asked them about the percentage of patients seeking a prescription for sleeping pills. It was found that, on an average, 20.3 per cent patients ask for sleeping pills. This means that one out of five patients suffer from sleep disorders. Dr Aditya Gupta (Associate Director, Neurosurgery at Medanta), says: “Sleep disturbance is very prevalent these days and there are multiple factors like hectic schedules, night shifts, and high stress involved.”

Dr. Anoop Kohli (Senior Consultant, Neurology at Apollo Hospitals) said: “A lot of time is spent on social media, which does not have a shut-down time. Also, people are hooked to their laptops and phones, which eat up the necessary eight hours of sleep.”

Psychiatrists see new trend of sleep disorder among children and youth in which they sleep late and wake up late

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