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The boss seems to be hell-bent on giving you a
taste of ever-shortening deadlines, your spouse is complaining more than usual
and the neighbours are waking up to the sounds of your snoring rather than the
alarm clock. Take solace, for you're not alone. Leading doctors in the city
believe that sleep disorders are among the fastest rising ailments seen among
the young, upwardly mobile, working professionals of today. So much so, that
experts say that such problems have assumed a life-threatening dimension.
With office goers working late to meet impossible deadlines and super-moms
juggling career, kids and home, people these days are compromising on the
essential hours of sleep required on a daily basis. As a result, they are on the
receiving end of sleep disorders. Dr N Rama Krishnan, who practices at an
institute specialising in sleep sciences in the city, says, "Many a time,
sleep-related ailments go undiagnosed. A lack of awareness adds to the plight.
Sleep deprivation could lead to 'apnoea' which is slowing down of breathing
He explains, "As the oxygen level in the brain goes down or gets constrained and
the person wakes up abruptly. And when an individual wakes up with sore eyes and
an aching body, tiredness and irritability are expected." Studies have shown
that sleep deprivation could lead to lack of concentration in children and even
impotency in adults.
Who are vulnerable:
Men are generally prone to sleep disorders, but for the last few years, the
number of women affected by sleep disorders, has seen an upward trajectory.
Caffeine addicts and those who haven't yet gotten rid of their fixation with
cigarettes, also form a part of the high risk group affected by sleep-related
Snoring is the usual symptom of sleep apnoea. Those affected show signs of
depression, anxiety and low social interaction.
Recent studies have shown an alarming number of young men and women are getting
prone to sleep disorders which are primary being attributed to lifestyle choices
— like long and stressful hours at work and unhealthy eating habits.
Tips to follow:
Sleep and get up on time. Not just making but adhering to a schedule would
go a long way.
Go for morning walks and get enough sunshine.
Avoid coffee and aerated drinks.
Avoid going to bed directly after meals.
Do not go to sleep, watching the telly.
Unwind yourselves post-dinner for at least an hour. Listen to music, pick up a
novel or indulge in a pastime.
Get seven hours of undisturbed sleep every day.
For night-shift workers:
Use eye shades while sleeping.
Keep cellphones away.
Have a heavy breakfast, so that you do not have to get up for lunch thereby
breaking your continuous spell of sleep.
(Contributed by Jackson Jose)
Courtesy: The Times of India