Are you Sleep Deprived?
There are two stages of one's sleep:
- REM (Rapid Eye Movement)-contributes to mental consolidation
- Non- REM-Aids physical repair and rebuilding
During a typical night, one alternates between the above two stages approximately 4-5 times. Insufficient number of hours of sleep contributes to:
- Mental irritability (5-6 hours of sleep) due to lack of REM sleep
- Physical tiredness (<5 hours of sleep) due to lack of non-REM sleep
ATHLETES: You need to bear in mind that in case you are a runner, your body needs an extra hour of sleep to repair any running related tissue/cell damage.
EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN AND BODY:
- Neurons start malfunctioning
- Slurring of speech can begin
- Slows imaginative thinking
- Causes hallucinations
- Learning capabilities are reduced
- Causes a 'sleep debt', which when coupled with stress and hypertension can lead to a stroke or heart attack
- Irritable, anger and snappish behavior
- Lack of motivation and poor concentration
- Weakness, morning headaches and high BP
DesiDieter's Recommendations for a good sleep-
- Indulge in stress busting activities before bed time, like listening to music, reading a book, take a hot water bath, drink a glass of milk, etc.
- One should avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate) and nicotine (cigarettes and other tobacco products) close to bedtime.
- A well balanced diet and sufficient nutrients.
WHAT YOU EAT AFFECTS YOUR SLEEP!
Here is what our Chief Nutrition Officer, Sheela Krishnaswamy has to say,
"What you eat can affect your sleep. One of the ways to a restful sleep at night is to keep the brain calm rather than agitated. Tryptophan, an amino acid, helps to make serotonin and melatonin which are important neurotransmitters that affect sleep. Tyrptophan-rich foods include milk, curd, oats, banana, dry dates, peanuts, fish, sesame seeds. Coffee, chocolate, aerated drinks, alcohol, smoking and vigorous exercise 2 to 3 hours before sleep can work against a peaceful night."
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