Dr. Maneesh Gupta, a leading Consultant Psychiatrist (Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist), who agrees with the fact that cases of insomnia are growing. He says that economic slowdown might be the major contributor for insomnia but not the only reason for it. “The people at all the levels are affected with it, when the mind is full of worries, it becomes a reason for lack of sleep and this in-turn causes difficulty in concentration at work and effects healthy relationships.”
The organizations are desperately trying to keep the growth meter ticking against the economic slowdown, hence they are giving tough targets to the executives and managers. This pressure flows to down the level employees also and the employers are expecting them to work 24x7 to achieve the target.
On the other hand work stress, long hours of working, poor appraisal, high expectations, career growth concern are the various reasons for the stress, are leading to insomnia.
Dr. N.Ramakrishnan, President, Indian Sleep Disorders Association (ISDA) and Senior Consultant & Director, Nithra Institute of Sleep Sciences talks about this topic to the Citizen Jouranalist and said, “A relaxed mind is essential for a good night's sleep. Anxiety over job and financial stability in times of economic melt-down certainly impacts quantity and quality of sleep. While some individuals can handle this well by seeking early attention, we often see those who have ignored the problem and present with a chronic state of insomnia when it becomes more difficult to treat. Over a period of time, they develop 'bed anxiety' and 'fear of lack of sleep' which complicates the issue further.”
He also warned the Indians about the self medications they opt for the insomnia. “While Insomnia is very much a treatable problem, the complicating factor that we often encounter in our country is self medication with sleep medications purchased directly from retail pharmacy outlets.
This can be dangerous and should be strongly discouraged. If lack of sleep is a persistent issue for over two weeks, it would be best to seek formal medical consultation to address the issue,” said Dr. Ramakrishnan.
While discussing about the impact of economy on sleep, Dr. Ramakrishna also highlighted the impact of insomnia on the economy, and said, “Insomnia, sleep apnea and other sleep disorders cost several billions not just for treatment but also because of their impact on productivity.
Daytime fatigue and sleepiness due to sleep disorders is also responsible for work related accidents and motor vehicle accidents which could negatively impact the economy.”