World Sleep Day 2023: How Well Do You Know Your Sleep?
This World Sleep Day 2023 Know Why Sound Sleep is Important
Sleep is Essential for Health; the World Sleep Day 2023 is with this motto. World Sleep Day 2023 aims to call for the advocacy of all sleep professionals to educate the world about the importance of sleep for achieving quality of life and health. The common idea behind World Sleep Day is to create awareness about healthy sleep, and sleep disorders.
Well, to begin with, we did an Instagram poll through One World News’ Instagram, testing people’s self-awareness about sleep. Around 400 people participated in the poll and here are the results.
Q1. How many hours of sleep are necessary for an adult?
Around 18% of adults find 5-6 hours of sleep as necessary while around 6% find 4-5 hours of sleep as decent sleep.
Q2. Does the time of sleep matter, if you are sleeping for enough hours?
20% said that the time of sleep doesn’t matter.
Q3. Does your brain shut down during sleep?
37% affirmed that their brain shuts completely when they sleep while 63% replied ‘No’.
Q4. Do you sometimes find sleeping a waste of time?
34% find sleeping a waste of time.
Well, the answers we received are worth stressing.
How much sleep do we need?
According to Sleep Foundation’s Report, different age groups have different sleep needs, while children and teens need to sleep more, an adult should ideally have at least 7-9 hours of sound sleep. It was saddening that 18% of adults out of 400 found only 5-6 hours of sleep as necessary and 6% even identified just 4-5 hours as decent sleep.
Does time matter if you are sleeping for enough hours?
Several studies reflect that time of sleep does matter, and it is generally best to sleep during the darker hours of the day. Sleeping at night helps in the alignment of the body’s circadian rhythm with the environment. And proper circadian timing is important for the cardiovascular functioning of the body. The fact that 20% found this to not be the case is again shocking.
Does your brain shut down during sleep?
Well, the brain remains active during sleep, and its level of activity depends on the stage of sleep. In the Rapid Eye Movement stage of sleep, the brain certainly ramps up to a level that is similar to when we are not sleeping. 37% of people said that their brain does not work during sleep but the fact is that it does.
Is sleeping a waste of time? Is it ok to brag about it?
The last question we asked was, do you feel sleeping, is a waste of time? We were certainly excited to know the answer to this one. 34% of people said that they do find sleeping a waste of time. It is saddening to find this result. Along with this poll, we had put an open-ended question asking about the times when they felt so. The common answers that we received are –
– During exams when they are to study
– While they have extra work on their table
– Doom Scrolling
It is not pleasing at least to find out that people are identifying sleeping as a ‘Waste of time’ and another disappointing factor that we identified is there is a section that finds ‘not sleeping’ as something to brag about. People often say that they can work at night because they don’t get sleep, don’t like sleeping, or can just manage to not sleep. And of course, not being able to sleep is a medical condition of sleeping disorder, which needs special care and is not something to brag about.
To conclude, sleep is one of the most essential parts of life and is necessary for the regular and healthy functioning of the body. The very idea of not embracing sleeping or bragging about not sleeping is not helpful.
So, if you are reading this article and cracking a snack in your blanket at odd hours, go to sleep.
Happy World Sleep Day 2023!
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