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Sleep Deprivation in Covid Times

"Sleep is the best meditation."- Dalai Lama

The year 2021 has ushered in the 2nd wave of Covid-19 pandemic. The situation has worsened this time accompanied by higher death rates, oxygen scarcity, declining economy of common people and complete lockdown. As people have got confined to their homes the entire day problems like sleep deficiency, insomnia , abnormal sleep schedules are popping up.

17 year old Randy Gardner stayed awake for 11 days and 25 minutesthat is 264.4 hrs. Revealed that after this incident his eyes stopped focusing then he lost the ability to touch and became extremely moody, was unable to concentrate he also told that he had trouble which is short term memory and became Paranoid and started hallucinating. All the Gardner recovered without any long-term psychological or physical illness but sleep deprivation result several psychological, cognitive and physical damage and even cause death for in extreme conditions.

According to W H O, "Health is a complete state of physical mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Mental health and Physical health have a strong bi-reactional and complex relationship. The recommended amount of daily sleep for a healthy individual is 7 to 8 hours. The circadian rhythm is regulated by adenosine and melanin.Deficiency of sleep can lead to problems in learning , memory retention time, mood swings etc. It can also cause inflammation, hypertension , obesity, diabetes, hallucinations and many problems interfering with the normal metabolism of our body.

Tips to have a better sleep includes: Reducing blue light exposure during evenings Not consuming caffeine late during the day. Having a fixed sleep schedule. If you’re interested in optimal health and well-being, it’s recommended that you make sleep a top priority and incorporate some of the tips above.

About The Authors...

Rupomita Sadhu is a 1st yr MBBS student of Medical College , Kolkata . She is a passionate photographer, avid reader and music lover.

Srijita Seal is studying Psychology Honours, from Calcutta University, she spends time by reading, writing, & she has keen interest in the field of Psychology.

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