Who doesn’t want a good night’s sleep? But something that was a natural and an easy phenomenon is a whole lot of science now, courtesy the Big City Life
Tiredness, stress, impulsive behaviour, depression all these are common symptoms especially for people living in metros and leading a fast paced life. While there can be many factors which could be the reason for such indications, lack of sleep or any disorder related to sleep is definitely one of them. Recently, as the world celebrated World Sleep Day, The Westin Gurgaon had organized a Heavenly Bed Pop Up at DLF Cyber Hub in Gurgaon, sharing tips for sleep management was Dr. Garima Shukla, Sleep Expert from AIIMS. Frankly, I was not aware about the World Sleep Day but definitely knew the importance of a good night’s sleep as I have had a lot of sleepless nights due to my cervical problem.
Dr. Shukla spoke at length about the importance of sound sleep and how can we manage to get our daily dose of ‘beauty sleep’ if we follow certain basic rules in life like regular exercise, good food habits and most importantly manage stress and don’t take it to our bedrooms.
Here are a few myths related to sleep that were debunked as the conversation took off with the sleep expert:
Myths and Facts about Sleep
- Myth: Your timings for sleep are fixed
Fact: Generally speaking all of us need 7 to 8 hours of sleep to function normally but there are no fixed timings really. Infants sleep almost 16 hours a day and adolescents need a couple of more hours than adults.
- Myth: If you snore you sleep well
Fact: Snoring doesn’t mean that you sleep well in fact it could mean that you are suffering from Sleep Apnea ( a condition in which there are pauses in breathing that prevent air from flowing into or out of a sleeping person’s airways). In case you are dealing with such a situation, it is time for you to see a doctor.
- Myth: You can make up for lost sleep on weekends
Fact: Sleeping between 7 to 8 hours should be a daily routine and don’t try to pay that ‘sleep debt’ over the weekend because it actually disturbs your sleep cycle. For example: If you sleep till afternoon on a Sunday then you won’t be able to sleep at normal time in the night and your sleep pattern will be disturbed.
- Myth: Only 4 hours of sleep is sufficient for me
Fact: Too little sleep can be dangerous and hamper your health and productivity in the long run if not immediately. Like I mentioned earlier, in general 7 to 8 hours of sleep is required to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Myth: Bedroom is where I rest after a hard day’s work
Fact: Well if that means listening to soft music or turning a few pages of the book then it is ok but if you interpret it as glaring into various screens – TV, ipad, phone; chatting with your friends on Facebook and other social media then you are only driving your sleep away. Bedrooms are for sleeping and not for slipping into a virtual world.
As part of World Sleep Day celebrations I also got a sleep kit which had items ranging from a travel-sized Heavenly Pillow, chamomile tea, Westin’s signature white tea bath amenities alongside a Sleep Well guidebook containing tips from Westin’s well-being brand. Let me confess that the travel sized Heavenly Pillow has travelled with me to all the places ever since.
Immediately after attending this Pop Up by The Westin Gurgaon I went for a trek to Kasol, Kalga and Kheerganga where we were staying at budget hotels and camps and the only luxury factor that I had with me all through was the Heavenly pillow. Even while we trekked from Kalga to Kheerganga which is around 12 km trek I carried my pillow in the backpack (psst…actually that too was carried by my dear husband). Just back from a trip to Chandigarh and Kasauli with Google Maps (blog post coming up soon) I again carried the pillow which has become my travel partner and a guarantor of a good night’s sleep. Actually, at home I use a cervical pillow which is not easy to carry everywhere I go and more often than and not the hotels do not have the cervical pillow therefore the Heavenly pillow is perfect to be carried around. The Heavenly pillow has really lived up to its name.