Salome PhelameiMost of us have sleep disorders, but we often ignore it without considering the fact that it can give us severe health problems in future like loss of memory, depression, diabetes, heart ailments and strokes, etc. In order to create awareness and to highlight the importance of good and healthy sleep amongst nations across the world, the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) has begun observing ‘World Sleep Day’ since 2008.The World Sleep Day, which is held annually on the third Friday of March, is also aimed at promoting the prevention and management of sleep disorders.A recent study in India by Philips and The Nielsen Company shows that while 93 percent of the people felt sleep-deprived, getting less than eight hours a night, only 2 percent consulted a physician.There are several factors that can interfere in your good night sleep- work pressure, family responsibilities, relationship issues, etc. Although you can’t stop thinking of all the issues that hamper your sleep, you can still adopt habits that will help you in getting a good night’s rest. Here are some tips:Have regular bedtime schedule: Make sure that you and your family go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Because sticking to a schedule strengthens your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night.Go to bed at 10: You should know that it is always good to go to bed early, say by 10 o’clock than going to bed at 11 as better quality sleep happens before midnight.Do not sleep during daytime: If you have trouble sleeping at night, avoid daytime nap if possible. Even if you can’t avoid it, limit it to 20 minutes since day sleep can hamper your nighttime slumber.
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