Importance Of Sleep

Most of us aren't getting the right amount of sleep (8 hours) as results show. Little sleep can promote health issues like weight gain and high blood pressure which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Loss of sleep can also lead to hypertension. 

Sleep is vital if anybody wishes to survive. Research shows that the metabolic activity of the brain decreases a lot after 24 hours of 'being awake'. As a result of sleep deprivation, one would be prone to decreases in body temperature and a decrease the immune system's ability. To find immune system's ability the white blood cells (the soldiers of the body) is counted!

If our nervous system is to work well, sleep is mandatory. Less time in the bed makes a person drowsy  and unable to concentrate during the day. One will tend to forget more. Physical performance and mental performance will drop. So for those who want to excel at Math you need rest! 

During bedtime, children and teenagers grow.  Rest helps us carry on emotional and social aspects of life while we are awake by resting the parts of the brain that control emotions and social aspects of life.


Substances that enhance the amount of sleep we get

Neurotransmitters in our brain affect how much sleep we get. Some substances can affect these neurotransmitters and affect our sleep. Examples of these substances are:

  • Caffeinated drinks like coffee  
  • Medicines like Diet pills
  • Nicotine

The substances affect some parts of the brain and can make falling asleep difficult. 

Heavy smokers tend to sleep lightly. Heavy smokers often wake up after a couple of hours of sleep because of nicotine. They want their "fix" of nicotine. 



Insomnia is Latin for "no sleep". It is having trouble sleeping or staying asleep for long enough for replenishment the next day. This happens even though there is an opportune moment to sleep.

Ways to treat Insomnia

There are simple but effective ways to treat Insomnia. These are just some of the many ways to concur Insomnia and have the good night’s sleep you deserve and soon you’ll be right as rain.

1. Don’t drink coffee. If you can’t not drink coffee, make sure you drink it at least 4 hours before you sleep.

2. Read a good book. This might seem pointless, but it actually helps to sleep easier.

3. Sleep at the same time each day. creating a bedtime can help improve your lack of sleep. Your body will ‘Switch off’ at that time when it becomes regular.

5. Drink tea that promotes sleep. Chamomile is a good example.

6. Relax. Make sure the sound level around you is low and the light is dim and the smell around you is nice. 

Try these remedies and you will be sleeping in no time.

If problems persist, contact your GP.

Ways to Prevent Insomnia

1. Set a time for getting up everyday. Everyday, wake up at the same time and sleep at the same time, this might be just what you need. Also have a routine. This can be a bath and a warm glass of milk. These things make you drowsy.                                                    

2. Don’t take a nap during the day.              

3. Exercise everyday, walking at least 4 hours before you sleep will give your body a chance to cool down.                           

4. Don’t drink tea and coffee four hours before bedtime.                                                      

5. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking                                                                    

6. Do not eat a big meal just before bedtime. But snacks like banana, fish and turkey can help.                                                                  

7. Only ever go to bed when you are feeling tired.                                                         

8. If you take longer than 20 minutes to get to sleep, go and do something else.                                                          

9. Wear ear plugs if noise is a problem or wear an eye mask if the light outside.                 

10. Make sure you have a comfortable mattress, a pillow you like, and adequate bed covers for the time of year.