Sleep is the fundamental activity of human life. An average adult needs 6-8 hours of sleep daily in order to function properly. In this cut-throat competitive and fast-paced world, getting a good night sleep has become a luxury. If our modern lifestyle has given us access to the latest technologies then it has taken something important from us too, which is our healthy lifestyle. It has been observed that modern individuals, especially working professionals, self-employed people, and new parents, are more likely to encounter sleep disorders than anyone else.

Before we move forward, let’s acquaint ourselves with the importance of good night sleep.

What happens to our body when we get good sleep?

A night of peaceful and blissful sleep is the ultimate way to attain good physical, mental, and emotional health. Here’s what happens to your body if you get a restful sleep.

  • Improved concentration and memory
  • Strong immune system
  • Improvement in productivity
  • Increase in energy levels

Sleep Deficiency

Not everyone has the privilege to get adequate sleep on a regular basis. Is that a good thing? Definitely not. So, what happens to your body if it is deprived of the most essential thing, sleep? Let’s find out below.

  • Your immune system pays the price – Not getting enough sleep has a huge negative impact on your body’ immunity and you get more sick often.
  • Your risk of medical conditions increases – Getting less than 6 hours of sleep can make you more prone to serious medical conditions, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and even cancer.
  • Your memory becomes vague – Your memory and concentration levels are at their worst when your body is deprived of rest.
  • Your skin starts ageing – When you do not get enough sleep, you not only suffer from dark circles but from other unpalatable skin-related conditions, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and even pimples.

Although sleep deprivation is caused by stress and lifestyle choices, there is one important fact to note that sleep deficiency can also happen due to sleep disorders. Let’s learn more about sleep disorders in the next section.

Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders are certain conditions that affect the quality of an individual’s sleep. There are different types of sleep disorders but here we will mention the common ones in brief.

The most common types of sleep disorders are mentioned below:

  • Insomnia – Insomnia is by far the most commonly encountered sleep disorder among people residing in India. People with insomnia take a long time to fall asleep. This inability to sleep can even cause stress and anxiety in some individuals.
  • Snoring – Snoring is pretty common but loud snoring can be detrimental to health. It usually affects people who are obese or smoke a lot.
  • Sleep apnea – Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which the person’s breathing fluctuates – sometimes the breathing happens repeatedly and all of a sudden it stops. It is considered to be a serious medical condition because it can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and even sudden death.
  • Parasomnia – Parasomnia is a sleep disorder that causes abnormal behaviour while sleeping, like sleepwalking, sleep talking, nightmares, sexsomnia (sleep sex), bedwetting, and so on.

At ENT & Head Neck Care clinic, we believe everyone deserves a restful sleep so we provide treatment for several sleep disorders to the people belonging to all the economic-classes in our society by Sleep Medicine & Sleep Surgery Specialists. To gather more information, communicate with us.