Sleep matters- Listen to Your Internal body clock

  • By Seema Verma

In the olden days people slept early and woke up early, generally before sunrise. They maintained a constant sleep and wake schedule. In the recent times, most people sleep late or get up late in the morning. They have no fixed schedules for their sleeping and waking time. This is a common phenomenon seen in most families in urban cities in India.

But have you ever noticed that if you sleep late or wake up late in the morning or alter your sleeping schedule, you feel fatigued and miserable. The entire routine goes awry, there are mood swings, and work and overall health (mental, physical, psychological, and emotional) get affected.

Sleep timing really matters:

Just as personal hygiene is vital, sleep hygiene is important too. It is aptly said “Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together”.

We tend to think that sleep is a phase of rest and recovery from the everyday stress. However, research reveals that sleep is a dynamic process, during which various events essential to health and overall well-being, take place.

Just as sleep is important studies suggest that sleeping on regular timing is important to enjoy good and peaceful sleep. A study conducted in the Washington State University on the sleeping pattern in mice found out that changing the sleeping time pattern led to poorer quality of sleep even if they slept for the same number of hours.

The mice woke up being not too responsive and their immune system became weaker gradually.

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