As per the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) report, about 50 to 70 million Americans suffered from chronic sleep disorders. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) further adds to this information that one of the masked factors which can be linked to management as well as development of some of the chronic diseases around the globe such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, depression and diabetes is insufficient and poor quality sleep. Thus, there arises a need for working out on various risks that are associated with improper sleep and also the strategies to combat the same.
Several research based studies have identified ways to hygienic sleep. One of the ways is performing “Tai Chi Chi” which is a Chinese meditative form for personal, spiritual and physical health benefits and has been proved to be an efficient approach towards improving the sleep quality as well as mitigating insomnia related syndromes.
Developing the habit of intervening the schedule by short naps post lunch, is also of help. Researchers claim that napping is highly effective in improving the sleep quality especially for elders. Indulging oneself in moderate physical activity is another strategy that has known and scientifically proven to be helpful in combating sleep complaints.
Also, an interesting weapon to fight this is music. Studies have shown that using music that is soothing to soul has resulted in efficient sleep in terms of quality, duration and latency.
Apart from these findings, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends some tips to be followed for the same. These recommendations include following a fixed sleep and wake timing, an appropriate immediate environment for sleep (dark, quiet and relaxing) and avoiding heavy meals prior to bedtime. Since prevention is always better than cure, it’s highly advisable to take sleep disorders seriously, work upon improving the quality and seek consultation from a physician much well in time.Publisher: Fadiyah Sameh