To bring awareness towards insomnia and sleeping disorders, 16th March is celebrates as World Sleep Day – because well, everyone needs to sleep. The importance of having good sleep is often ignored or taken for granted, so it is time to open our eyes about closing our eyes, geddit?

A healthy body and a healthy life is its own kind of richness and with good diet, adequate physical exercise – one thinks they can achieve the perfect body, but it cannot be achieved without adequate sleep. Sleep is as important for our body as food and all the nutrients and while some of us adore the idea of sleeping, most people lack sleep due to stressful and busy lifestyle. The affects – daytime alertness and memory are impaired by loss of sleep, especially when it is sustained over a few nights. So on World Sleep day, let’s get our dose of reminder about how much sleep is important to achieve good health. Here are the reasons:

  1. Reduce risk of obesity

Sleeping enough can help people attain lower BMI index, hence cutting out the risks of obesity. As per a research, children who slept longer had lower Body Mass Index (BMI) scores than those who slept less, and for every hour later that a child goes to bed, their BMI score also increases by a small amount. Also, waist measurements of people who slept on average six hours per night were three cm higher than those who slept nine hours a night. So want to get slimmer? Have some sleep.

  1. Reduce risk of depression

A number of studies show that sleep could be a large factor in developing depression and other mental health disorders. Having less than 8 hours sleep a night, or taking longer to fall asleep, is linked to negative, intrusive and repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety and depression. And enough sleep can also be an important first step to take to also help treat mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and paranoia.

  1. Avoiding gestational diabetes

Researches show that there is a link between lack of sleep during pregnancy and an increased risk of gestational diabetes. Observations indicated that an average of less than 6 hours sleep a night was associated with a 1.7 fold increase in the risk of being diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

  1. Cut out risks of Alzheimer’s disease

A lack of sleep is increasingly found to be a risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. American study found that those who reported worse sleep quality, more sleep problems and daytime sleepiness had more biological markers for Alzheimer’s disease in their spinal fluid than people who did not have sleep problems.

These are some of the important factors and reasons to help people open their eyes and learn on their own. Sleep is important for human sustenance – however, anything in excess is not good and everything must be used with responsibility.