good-sleepAre you taking enough sleep? The quantification of word enough is different for different people. For some people taking 4-6 hour sleep is enough and for some people even ten hours sleep is not enough to feel right. So there is no standard number of hours, which can define good sleep, but if you are feeling energetic, alert and in a good mood to work then you have taken good sleep in the night.

 

Health problems with lack of sleep:

It is well known that not taking proper sleep make you feel sleepy, weary and tired next day, but most of us are unaware that it may cause many health problems. Lack of sleep increases the risk of blood pressure and cardiovascular problems.  Lack of sleep poses other health problems like obesity, diabetes, depression. You may also experience sudden mood swing, irritability and anger problem as less sleep affects the area of the brain which is connected with concentration and mood.

Studies reveal that chances of road accidents are higher with those people who are not taking enough sleep. It also affects the immune system as our body cannot repair muscles, regenerate body parts due to lack of sleep. Lack of sleep also disturbs eating cycle. You may feel continuously hungry even if you had just taken your meal.

Problems with excessive sleep:

It is not just lack of sleep but excessive sleep is also problematic. Fatigue and depression are the health problems which you may experience due to excessive sleep. The symptoms of excess sleep include headaches throughout the day, difficulty in remembering and feeling sluggish during work. Sometimes you may feel more tired than the time you went for sleep.

Tips for having Good sleep:

  1. Magnesium and calcium are known as sleep booster.  Taking magnesium along with calcium reduces the chances of problem that may occur due to taking calcium. Take 200mg of magnesium with 500 mg calcium before going to bed.
  2. Reading books that distract you from your daily problems can help you to float in sleep.
  3. Gentle yoga and meditation can reduce your stress and help you in getting sleep.
  4. Avoid drinking coffee or tea in night completely.
  5. Set a sleep time for yourself and customize your other schedule like night work, TV, reading so that it should not conflict with your sleep time.
  6. Don’t wear tight things while going to bed.  Your sleep wear should be light, comfortable and loose.
  7. Taking a shower before sleep reduce your stress and can help you in getting a relaxed sleep.
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