In the hectic lives that we humans are going through in this technologically growing world, rest is very much necessary to keep the sanity of the mind in place. Sleep is a vital, often neglected, component of every person’s overall health and well-being. Sleep is important because it enables the body to rejuvenate and be fit and ready for another day. Getting adequate rest may also help prevent excess weight gain, heart disease, and increased illness duration. A good night’s sleep is vital to our physical health and emotional well-being. That’s why the benefits of good sleep should never be underestimated and getting a proper rest on a regular basis isn’t just a good idea, it is an essential one.
To focus on the importance of sleep in our lives, World Sleep Society organises World Sleep Day on the Friday before the Northern Hemisphere Vernal Equinox of every year. The World Sleep Society has been hosting this event since the year 2007. The major reason for the celebration of this day, as per World Sleep Society, is to put extra emphasis on the importance of sleep in our hectic lives. World Sleep Society also declares a theme every year to be kept in mind while delivering the strong message to the people across the globe. The theme for 2020 is “Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet”.
The World Sleep Society has also received backlash and criticism for celebrating World Sleep Day. As per a few critics, organising World Sleep Day marks sleep as a commodity which is being promoted. Little do they understand that it might not be a commodity but it needs to be promoted because of the growing psychological issues like Insomnia. As per the Fitbit survey, India is the second most sleep deprived nation after Japan with an average nightly sleep of 7 hours 1 minute which is 48 minutes lesser than average nightly sleep of users in the United Kingdom and 32 minutes lesser than the United States of America. But what are the reasons for this lack of sleep in India?
One of the major reasons that is causing this disruption in the sleep pattern is the excessive use of smartphones. Smartphone addiction is causing many disruptions in the regular lives of the people. The sleep pattern of Indians is highly irregular because of the smartphone addiction and people are becoming more and more sleep deprived. A recent study has revealed that 90% of 18-29 year olds sleep with their smartphones, 95% of the people use their smartphones for something or the other just before going to bed and 63% of people are not getting enough sleep. The human bodies have not quite been able to adapt to these changes. Lack of sleep increases your stress level and makes you prone to depression. Moreover, sleeping less than 6 hours a night can increase the chances of getting a heart attack by 50%. The excessive use of smartphones while going to bed is resulting in the reduction of sleep hours as the blue light emitted by the screens restrains the production of Melatonin, hormone which induces sleep.
The theme “Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet” has become necessary because taking the current scenario into consideration, a better sleep is the most important step towards a better life. We need to monitor the usage pattern of smartphones very strictly because if this continues, the impacts on the physical as well as mental health of the people would be catastrophic. Better sleeping patterns and improved sleep hours are necessary, especially among the younger generation because that strata of the population is the most affected one with this addiction.
Almost every task this generation performs involves the usage of smartphones. This has also affected their mental growth because of the extensive dependence over technology. Once they get done with this so-called habit of theirs, they would be able to discover their calibre and abilities in a better way and hone up their skills to levels unmatched so far. Thus, better sleep is directly proportional to a better life and better lifestyle.
This reduced usage of smartphones also helps take steps towards making the planet a better place to live. We are very much aware of the radiation emitted by the devices but we tend to ignore them just because they make our work easier to a huge extent. The radiations emitted are harmful enough for the life forms and thus need to be put under check. As we can analyse, keeping the usage of smartphones under check leads to better sleeping patterns and improved sleep hours, better life and healthy lifestyle and a better planet and environment to live in.
We, at Yaantra, express our concerns for the cause. Take adequate amounts of sleep in order to maintain the balance in the physical as well as mental health.