Healthy sleeping

Passivity and sleep

Sleep is frequently considered to be a passive phenomenon, something we do because it’s the end of the day, we are perhaps tired and we need to rest and build up our energies once again to prepare for the next day. It’s falsely presumed that as the light is switched off at night, so also is the mind and all its functioning ability. Rightfully so, all of the above are true to a certain extent, and sleep replenishes zest and enthusiasm to live yet another day and accomplish ones daily goals. However, there is more to sleeping and the dynamics of sleep ought to be better understood by every person who has ever slept and continues to do so everyday. That makes each and everyone of us. Ignorance is bliss but knowledge is truly an eye opener.

Sleep enhances mental abilities

We don’t sleep because we desire passivity. Sleep is one of the most active processes the body endures. While in wakefulness, the human mind seems to think, plan, execute and appraise; but there are more processes that are vigorous during sleep. Memory processing and conversion of short-term to long-term remembrance mandates sleep. When one sleeps soundly, the neurons in the brain do not have external information bombarding in to disrupt the memory connects. CEOs are people who maintain work life balance, sleep better have healthier neurochemical release in their brains with greater neuronal connections; thus they enhance their own productivity and facilitate their own promotion.

Sleep prevents absenteeism

The white blood cells in the body are soldiers that build on its immune system. Sleep deprivation damages these cells thereby inhibiting immune function. Those who sleep more have higher white blood cell counts, better immunity and are equipped to combat allergies and colds. Lack of sleep is also associated with skin rashes, longer wound healing, increased appetite and weight disturbances and even predisposition to cancer. Inadequate sleep is an incessant drain of the body’s resistance and fighting abilities. All other efforts to care for the body are redundant in the absence of wholesome sleep. Better sleep facilitates better health, greater work performance and decreased absenteeism.

MINDFRAMES: Reframing sleep

The brain disengages itself from the wakeful responsibilities and opts for its ‘night duty’ while it sleeps. There are enough obligations for the slumbering as well as vigilant mind. In case of surgeons for instance, utmost vigilance is required in case of emergency surgeries in the night time. Pilots fly aircrafts all through the night. Each needs to make up for lost sleep. Some aquatic mammals sleep while moving (not the same as human beings who sleep while driving cars!), they still perform different activities in both the mind states. Sleep conserves energy, replenishes neurotransmitters, enhances certain hormonal activities and augments vigilance. There is a lot individuals and organizations gain from employees who sleep soundly and sufficiently. We’d rather make the prudent choice for successful individuals and organizations.

When it’s going right

Sleep is an often neglected aspect of existence. People need to realize that their sleep is sufficient for them if they usually:

  • Go to sleep within 30 minutes
  • Wake up without much trouble
  • Feel fresh when they wake up
  • Don’t have sleep spells in the day
  • Are alert and active in the day
  • Do not feel lethargic and lazy
  • Are motivated enough to work
  • Feel enthusiastic all day at work
  • Do not have bizarre moodiness
  • Can maintain focus and attention

Sleep hygiene for employees

Sleep hygiene represents non medicinal tips and techniques to help people sleep soundly. The following handy and easy tips can help people replenish lost energies

  • Keep regular daily sleep times
  • Develop some pre sleep routine
  • Repeat the routine everywhere
  • Save the bed for sleep and sex
  • Use the same sleep bed everyday
  • Get physical activity in the day
  • Avoid exercise later in the day
  • Keep lights dim evening onwards
  • Be calm and relaxed in the day
  • Avoid caffeine drinks after 4pm
  • No TV upto 30 mins before sleep
  • Soft light music is recommended
  • No reading 30 mins before sleep
  • A glass of milk before bedtime
  • Avoid oily spicy food at night
  • Have dinner 3 hours before sleep
  • A night time meditation ritual
  • Avoid over the counter medication
  • Seek professional help if needed