The Hindu to celebrate World Sleep Day tomorrow

‘Good sleep is a reachable dream’ is the theme of this year’s celebrations

Updated - March 17, 2016 06:01 am IST

Published - March 17, 2016 12:00 am IST - VIJAYAWADA:

The Hindu in association with the Rajani Kanth ENT Clinic will celebrate the World Sleep Day at the SBI Zonal Office, Prakasam Road, here on Friday.

State Bank of India Deputy General Manager Rajiv Kholi will also participate in the celebration by welcoming the gathering. Director of Rajani Kanth ENT Clinic, Dr T.V. Rajani Kanth, M.S.ENT (JIPMER), Snoring and Sleep Apnea Surgeon, will deliver the keynote address.

The World Sleep Day is being celebrated the world over under the supervision of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM). The association has gone back to its old theme ‘Good sleep is a reachable dream’ this year.

Mental health

When sleep fails, health declines, poor sleep and bad health decrease the quality of life and take happiness away. Sound sleep facilitates the preservation of mental health. Sleep disturbances are a risk factor for mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Failure to obtain quality sleep may lead to poor alertness, lack of attention, reduced concentration, and decreased academic productivity, while increasing the risk of motor vehicle accidents, say sleep medicine experts.

The three elements of good quality sleep are:

a. Duration- The length of sleep should be sufficient for the sleeper to be rested and alert the following day.

b. Continuity- Sleep cycles should be seamless without interruption.

c. Depth- Sleep should be deep enough or sufficiently sound to be restorative and refreshing.

Sleep hygiene is the science conducive to the preservation of high quality, sound and sufficient sleep. WASM has issued rules of hygiene that are contained in the 10 Commandments of Sleep.

These rules aim to maintain or restore natural, refreshing and healthy sound sleep.

Environmental conditions, such as temperature, noise, light, bed comfort, and electronic devices may modify sleep and thus play a significant role in the ability to get proper sleep—and, subsequently, in overall sleep-related wellness.

Frequent interruption

Breathing regularly during sleep is critical to well-being and health.

Frequent interruption of the breathing function during sleep is a pervasive and common disorder called sleep apnea that affects 17 per cent of men and 9 per cent of women in middle and old age.

Sleep centres offer diagnostic procedures and provide recommendations to control sleep apnea.

Poor sleep habits

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which is caused when the upper throat muscles relax too much during sleep, cutting off or restricting the airway severely disrupting the restorative effects of sleep. In addition to clinical sleep problems, poor sleep habits can cause poor quality sleep in adults.

To help improve overall sleep and wellness, WASM has created the Ten Commandments of Sleep Hygiene for adults.

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