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Sleep medicine: New age medical specialty
According to Jan Bruce, a stress management expert, every stress management programme needs to be started with the topic of sleep in the present times. "It doesn’t matter how much yoga you do or how much herbal tea you drink- your efforts aren’t worth much without a solid night’s sleep," she opines.

One may be surprised with the kind of life styles people are taking to the present digital age, about an estimated half of world population in inflicted with acute sleep deprivation and consequent disorders. Consequently, the 'sleep medicine' has become a major medical profession for many physicians.

‘Sleep medicine’ is a medical speciality devoted to the diagnosis, treatment and therapy of sleep disturbances and disorders which are becoming more frequent these days. In the last twenty years, a lot of research studies have provided increasing knowledge and answered many questions about humans' sleep-wake functioning to make sleep medicine a rapidly evolving field of theory and practice in medical sciences.

Not only, medical courses with specialization in sleep medicine have come up, but few research journals devoted to sleep medicine and international academic bodies and associations have also been started. At the international level, sleep clinics have been established in many countries consequent to specialization in sleep medicine by the doctors.

So much so, the World Association of Sleep Medicine and American Academy of Sleep medicine has declared the third Friday of March as World Sleep Day since 2008, which was observed on March 14 this year with the theme 'Restful Sleep, Easy Breathing, Healthy Body'.

According to Jan Bruce, research has shown time and time again that the ability to remember, learn, or be creative plummets when sleep suffers. Moreover, in the long term, we risk depression, obesity, breakdown of immune system and heart disease with chronic sleep deprivation. So, we must get into the habit of sound sleep to stay fighting fit.


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