Sleep Awareness Week
Submitted by Shashikumar Gowda MD, FCCP, UAP Pulmonology/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine
Your life is reflection of how you sleep and your sleep is reflection of your life. Time change plays out in our body a bit like jet lag might. Springing forward is like flying from west to east, say from California to New York, while falling back is like flying from east to west. And as frequent flyers can attest, the eastbound change is much harder to acclimate to than westbound for most. The adjustment is much milder in the fall than in the spring time. Losing an hour of sleep springing forward increases our sleep debt. Some studies in past have shown increased number of auto and industrial accidents and heart attacks the Monday after spring forward. Taking a nap Sunday afternoon might help. But it is important to remind our sleep deprived society to practice good sleep hygiene and habits year-around.
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development. While you are sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It enhances learning and problem solving skills.