Every year, March 15 is observed as World Sleep Day – a day that highlights the importance of sleep in our lives. Dedicated to celebrating sleep as well as the health issues related to it, it is organised by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society. Despite sleep playing an essential role in one’s well-being, most people neglect the importance of a good sleeping position. A poor sleeping position puts pressure on the neck, hips, and back, causing lower back pain and hence impacting sleep quality. A good sleeping habit includes maintaining the natural curve of your spine and aligning your neck, back and hips when lying down. (The Indian Express)
Sleeplessness is tough to deal with. Although sleeping pills work in the short term, they can wreak havoc on your sleeping pattern when taken for prolonged amounts of time - leaving you worse off than when you started. Sleep issues like insomnia and fragmented sleep vary in severity, so if your lack of rest isn't serious enough to require medical or intervention, there are holistic ways to improve your chances of getting a better night's sleep. One natural sleep aid that many turn to is melatonin. Despite melatonin being a natural sleep aid, taking too much of the supplement can have adverse effects. A great way to reap the sleep-regulating benefits of melatonin without overdoing it is by enriching your diet with foods that contain the compound for a safe top up. Read on for seven foods that should be on your menu if you're suffering from sleep issues. (Pop Sugar)
The benefits of a good night’s sleep can’t be emphasised enough. Numerous studies have linked inadequate sleep with diseases and problems such as obesity, diabetes, cardiac diseases, while quality sleep is said to help improve concentration and productivity, uplift the mood and slow down the ageing process, among others. Well, meditation is what the experts recommend.
It is a habit that most of us have – we set the alarm to a particular time and then snooze it to get those precious five or ten minutes of extra sleep. Hitting the snooze button confuses your body into thinking that it is time to go back to sleep again, thereby disturbing the sleep cycle when the alarm rings again. By snoozing the alarm each time it rings, you are putting your body through the stress of sleeping and waking up repeatedly. Also, according to neuroscientist Professor Matthew Walker, a teacher at the University of California’s Centre for Human Sleep Science, the constant alarm sound can inflict a cardiovascular assault on the body and the nervous system.