Why Do You Need Sleep?

Soft music, hot bath, fragrant night lotions, a better cushion, and soft pillows! Tried everything to get better sleep, yet waking up tired? If this is your story, you are not alone!


Research suggests that nearly 18 percent of the healthy Indian adults have difficulty in initiating and maintaining sleep, and eight percent report early morning awakening leading to disturbed sleep. It is perfectly normal to have sleep problems due to stress or illnesses. However, when unsatisfactory or lack of sleep becomes a regular occurrence in your life, it surely needs to be considered as a health alert.

Sleep plays a very important role in maintaining our health. Good sleep is necessary for normal functioning of brain, and development especially in children and teens. When you sleep at night, the brain prepares itself and gets ready to function well the next day. Therefore, studies show that people who get better sleep at night show improved learning capability.

On the other hand sleep deprivation can take a toll on your health, affecting your mood, energy level, and ability to cope up with stress.People who do not get satisfactory sleep at night tend to be less motivated, irritated and lethargic during day. Scientists have also reported that lack of enough sleep is associated with some health conditions such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

This surely does not mean that sleeping for long hours can help you have a better health. Our sleep needs are determined by our age. For instance, babies below the age of one year need to sleep for as long as 16 hours in a day while an adult needs about seven to eight of hours of sleep in a day.

So, now that you know the benefits of good sleep and how much you should sleep, do you think you get adequate sleep at night?