As a student in Bangladesh, you need to know how to keep yourself safe and healthy. Around 60% of all college students deal with poor sleep quality, based on Angelika Anita Schlarb’s recent study. If you are unable to get adequate or quality sleep, you put your well-being at risk. To better grasp this, you must understand the relation of quality sleep and your health.
The Sleep That You Need
As a young adult, you need roughly seven to nine hours of sleep each night, according to Shikha Prakash of AMRI Hospital. But it isn’t just the length of sleep that you need to consider, you need to think about how well you sleep, too. Getting quality sleep means falling asleep within 20 to 30 minutes and then sleeping continuously throughout the night. A study conducted by Acharya Institute of Health Sciences found that students who only have six hours of sleep have lower GPAs than those who have eight hours of sleep. Their data suggested that improper sleep length and quality negatively affects the brain’s ability to analyse information due to fatigue.
Improving Your Sleep
Fortunately, there are several methods that can help you improve your sleep length and quality. You could try making your bedroom conducive to better sleep like lighting aromatic candles, using better curtains, and even updating your mattress and pillows. You could also try natural and simple sleeping remedies like taking a warm bath and then drinking some warm milk and honey. Ayurvedic medicine says that warm milk has a soothing and calming effect on the mind. For a unique sleeping experience, you may consider aiming for lucid dreaming. You can try training yourself to tap into the world you visit when you sleep. You may find things to inspire and enlighten you. It may even help you realize what’s stopping you from sleeping well so that you may change it.
Long-Term Consequences of Poor Sleep
When you continuously lack proper sleep, you open yourself up to negative long-term health consequences. Each night that you do not get proper sleep increases your risk for mental health issues like depression by 21% and anger by 24%, says sleep study author Thea Ramsay. Poor sleep also puts you at risk for cardiovascular disease and weight gain.
The length and quality of sleep that you get are inextricably linked to your physical and mental health. This is why it is important that you actively endeavor to get the best kind of sleep possible. Don’t hesitate to assess what you need to change so that you can be in the best condition to achieve your goals as a student and as a productive member of society.
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