Office timesheets may show an impeccable nine-hour login every day of the week, but appraisal results show a ‘C’ bucket that offers peanuts as a raise! Efficiency and progress in work stand a notch above clocking in long working hours that mean nothing finally. Sleep too might fall in line with your office schedule-work quality pattern.
Sleep is the universal language for energy replenishment which helps to keep the mind alert and the body healthy. There is more to this activity than clocking anywhere between 6-8 hours daily or getting quality sleep every day. Ok. This is a bit trickier than any of us expected! First, we habituate ourselves to sleep for at least 7 hours, we then turn off all our smartphones and electronic gadgets earlier than usually to get quality sleep and now, there is yet another rule. A new study on sleep recommends people to go to bed and get up at the same time daily to weigh less and minimize their risk for heart disease and diabetes too. When a person follows regular sleep timings, even during weekends the body’s circadian rhythm stays balanced enabling better body functions such as appetite and digestion.
The research that studied almost 2000 participants in the U.S. found that people who failed to maintain regular sleep timings weighed more, had higher BP levels and sugar levels and suffered from a greater risk of suffering from a heart attack within the next 10 years compared to those who maintained regular sleep timings. Their levels of stress and depression, two factors that affect heart health greatly, were also on the upper side.
The participants (all of them aged between 54 and 93) used extremely precise devices to track sleep routines. These devices were equipped with the ability to track the effects of even a 10-minute change in sleep routine on the study participant’s health. None of the participants suffered from sleep disorders. The researchers observed the participants’ sleep preferences-whether they loved to sleep early or late and observations showed that those people with hypertension slept for more hours while those with obesity were awake until late night before sleeping. Such irregular sleeping patterns drastically decreased activeness while increasing sleepiness quotient in the participants.
The research team expressed confusion whether obesity disrupted sleep quality in the study group or lack of proper sleep affected the body’s metabolism which might lead to weight gain. For this, further research is necessary.
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Sleep is generally associated with duration and quality but now, its also been linked with regularity. This comes as a strong blow to individuals doing shift jobs or those who love to party late in the night. Moving off the track from routine schedules is unavoidable but the beauty is all about getting back on track and staying healthy. Irregular circadian rhythms can result in irregular eating and sleeping schedule and increase in BP and diabetes.
The best way to tackle all these problems single-handedly is by following regular bed timings diligently daily. For quality sleep and regular sleep timings, get tips from the website www.firsteatright.com.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.