How good is your sleep performance?
- Dr. N. Ramakrishnan
August 26, 2016
Performing artists are always focused on ensuring their best performance every time, all the time. This often entails long hours of practice and compromised sleep patterns. A good night’s sleep is essential for a good day and a brief reality check on your sleep wellness would go a long way.
• Do you feel your sleep is adequate?
• Do you wake up feeling fresh?
• Do you feel fatigued or sleepy during the day?
• Is your sleep pattern fragmented? (i.e do you wake up several times at night?)
• Are you told that you snore?
If you answered yes to any of the above it would be best to discuss your issues with a specialist.
How much sleep is good enough?
Medical research confirms that average sleep time in early 1900s was approximately 8-9 hours, in mid 20th century around 7-7.5 hours and reduced to only 6-6.5 hours in the 21st century! Although there may be significant variation in what individuals consider adequate sleep, average adult’s requirement is 6 to 8 hours. With changing lifestyle, all of us have prolonged travel time and work hours and unfortunately stretch further by carrying work home. This affects not only our sleep time but overall health and wellness.
Why is sleep important?
Sleep impacts various physiological processes in our body and is not just a time to rest. Insufficient sleep may, therefore, have various ill effects on our health. We add to our ‘sleep debt’ every time we deprive ourselves of optimal sleep. Habits like ‘catching up’ over weekend do not have the same effect as adequate sleep on a regular basis.
India is emerging as a ‘diabetic capital’ of the world which would also mean increased incidence of heart problems. We often fail to recognize that sleep problems are a common link that could lead to poor control of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems and stroke. Sleep deprivation has also been linked to anxiety, irritability, memory loss, depression and other psychosocial problems
What are some common sleep problems?
Common symptoms and problems for which Sleep Medicine specialists are consulted include
What are some general measures to prevent sleep problems?
Follow appropriate ‘sleep hygiene’ measures to have a better sleep which in turn enhances good health and productivity
Dr. N. Ramakrishnan AB (Int Med), AB (Crit Care), AB (Sleep Medicine), MMM, FACP, FCCP, FCCM is the founder and director of Nithra Institute of Sleep Sciences, India’s first free outstanding comprehensive center for Education, Training, Diagnostic and Treatment for sleep related problems. He is also the Senior Consultant, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Apollo Hospitals.
Ph: (044) - 43502252/ email: firstname.lastname@example.org / website: www.nithra.com
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