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
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
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.