Saturday January 25, 2020

Sleep Deprivation: Why are Children Affected by it?

According to a survey, 25 to 30 percent children face sleep deprivation

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Sleep Deprivation is becoming common among children. Pixabay
  • Sleep deprivation is becoming a common scenario nowadays
  • 25 to 30 percent children face sleep deprivation
  • Sleep deprivation leads to poor attention and fall in academic performance of children

June 29, 2017: Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines sleep as the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored. Proper sleep is an essential to maintain good health as it relaxes our body and freshens up the mind.

However, nowadays sleep deprivation (a sufficient lack of restorative sleep over a cumulative period so as to cause physical or psychiatric symptoms and affect routine performances of tasks.) is becoming a common scenario, especially among children. According to a survey of National Sleep Foundation, 25 to 30 percent of normally developing children and adolescents are not getting enough sleep consistently.

The lack of sleep is leading to irritation, crankiness, poor social interactions, poor attention, worse grades and school absences amongst children.

Why are children sleep deprived?

  • Some children stay awake till late at night by personal choice. They choose to do so in order to complete their work or to have fun at night merely. Late night use of social media by adolescents has become a common phenomenon these days.
  • Some diseases such as cold and tonsillitis can cause snoring, gagging and frequent waking, and have a direct effect on sleep by fragmenting it.
  • Children can also be affected by sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea or Parasomnias or Behavioral Insomnia (Inability to sleep enough).
  • Some medications used to treat disorders such as epilepsy or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can also cause sleep deprivation.

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  • The improper sleeping environment may also contribute to sleep deprivation. If the room is too hot or too cold or there is continuous noise, children find it difficult to sleep.
  • Poor habits such as late night coffee stimulate the nervous system and make sleep less likely.
  • Stress is a major contributor to sleep deprivation. Lying in bed and worrying causes tension rather than relaxation.

Effects of Sleep deprivation in children

According to a research of National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation results in children in:

  • Poor concentration leading to a fall in academic performance.
  • Chronically sleep-deprived teenagers become more impulsive leading to risk-taking behaviors.
  • Sleeping problems increase the risk of disorders such as depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Children start getting negative feelings which may lead to depression.

By Nikita Tayal of NewsGram. Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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Yoga Can Help To Overcome Insomnia: Study

Reduced sleep leads to inflammation which leads to causes high blood pressure, glucose intolerance and both of which can increase heart and stroke risk

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Here are some types of Yoga that make you feel sleepy. Such as Shavasana, Vajrasana, Bhramari Pranayam, etc. Doing these regularly will also get rid of insomnia problem and fatigue will be completely removed. Pixabay

Sleepless flocks take a note, researchers have found people who have trouble sleeping may be more prone to stroke, heart attack or other cardiovascular diseases. Do Yoga and you can feel sleepy, Indian experts said.

Health experts here have found solution to the problems raised by the Chinese experts. According to them yogas — Shavasana, Vajrasana and Bhramari Pranayam along with a healthy diet may curb the sleeplessness.

According to Sahil Kohli, Consultant, Neurology at Narayana Superspeciality Hospital in Gurugram, research has shown that more risk of having a stroke or brain attack is there if you have insomnia and this risk is even more pronounced in the age group of 18-34 years.

“Reduced sleep leads to inflammation which leads to causes high blood pressure, glucose intolerance and both of which can increase heart and stroke risk.

“Frequently seen in clinical practice that chronic insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea are responsible for Atrial fibrillation which is also linked to stroke risk,” Kohli told IANS.

“It is highly advisable that patients who have reduced sleep and even those who feel fatigued even after sleep at night needs evaluation for sleep disorders which can be evaluated by a sleep study,” Kohli suggested.

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Sleepless flocks take a note, researchers have found people who have trouble sleeping may be more prone to stroke, heart attack or other cardiovascular diseases. Do Yoga and you can feel sleepy, Indian experts said. Pixabay

The study, published in the journal Neurology, involved 487,200 people in China with an average age of 51. Participants had no history of stroke or heart disease at the beginning of the study.

The people were then followed for an average of about 10 years. During that time, there were 130,032 cases of stroke, heart attack and other similar diseases.

People who had all three symptoms of insomnia were 18 per cent more likely to develop these diseases than people who did not have any symptoms.

According to Atul Prasad, Director in Neurology Department at BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, there have been multiple studies linking chronic insomnia to the occurrence of stroke.

“Of late there have been multiple studies postulating an increased risk of stroke in patients with chronic insomnias (via increased cortisol levels and inflammation), and in cases of periodic limb movement syndromes leading on to hypercoagulable state,” Prasad told IANS.

He added that the evidence is convincing in greater part to the increased risk of stroke in individuals with sleep disorders and robust evaluation of the same in concordance with a neurologist or pulmonologist is mandated for correct diagnosis and further risk stratification of these patients.

According to the doctors, if you are facing any such problem related to sleep, then follow these tips.

*No matter how busy your routine is, but to get good sleep, it is most important that you set a time for your sleep.

*For deep sleep, you can also play light instrumental music in the bedroom, which will give you peace of mind and sleep will come quickly, the doctor said.

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Health experts here have found solution to the problems raised by the Chinese experts. According to them Yoga — Shavasana, Vajrasana and Bhramari Pranayam along with a healthy diet may curb the sleeplessness. Pixabay

*After working all day, if you stick to a computer or TV even in your rest moments, then make a distance from them, at least before sleeping, start avoiding working on the computer, Prasad suggested.

*He also asked people to follow a healthy diet.

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“There are some types of yoga that make you feel sleepy. Such as Shavasana, Vajrasana, Bhramari Pranayam, etc. Doing these regularly will also get rid of insomnia problem and fatigue will be completely removed,” he concluded. (IANS)