Sleep is essential for our health. We can’t function without it. We need it as we need air to breathe. Getting enough good quality sleep has many benefits: it cleans our brain from toxins, regulates our mood, recharges body, and mind, strengthens our immune system…
When you face a stressful situation, have worries, feel overwhelmed by negative emotions, you may stay awake the whole night…or you may wake up throughout the night and become unable to go back to sleep. You also wake up tired.
All this makes your brain suffer. Because your brain gets tired, you can’t think clearly, control your emotions and make proper decisions. Also, your immune system gets weak and unable to fight viruses and infections. Night by night, you feel exhausted because you can’t get enough sleep.
Millions of people do not get enough sleep. Millions of people face difficulties falling and experience troubles staying asleep. They suffer from insomnia.
Other sleep disorders people may have are Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea – a condition where throat muscles relax. Because of this, breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleeping. Snoring is a sign of this disorder.
Seasonal Affective Disorder – mood changes which happen most commonly in winter, associated with lack of energy.
Lack of sleep leads to depression.
How many hours of sleep do you need to avoid depression?
Dalai Lama said: “Sleep is the best meditation”. However, the question is: How many hours of sleep do we need to defeat depression?
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the amount of sleep depends on the age. While infants aged 4-12 months need to sleep 12-16 hours (including naps) and children aged 6-12 years need to sleep 9-12 hours, adults aged 18 years or older need to sleep 7-8 hours a day.
What do you need to do for a better night’s rest?
– Limit the use of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol;
-Listen to some soft music;
-Take a shower before going to bed;
-Sleep in a dark room free of noise;
-Don’t use electronic devices before bedtime;
*If all these things cannot help you, ask for a professional help.
Never give up.