According to Leonardo de Vinci, ‘A well-spent day brings happy sleep.’ What then happens if a day is not well spent or if such day doesn’t yield the much-desired results? To Dalai Lama, ‘sleep is the best meditation.’ No wonder Kanye West once state that ‘I love sleep; it’s my favourite.’ Often, we get to hear motivational speakers repeatedly suggest that sleep is for lazy men. In their desire to inspire their audience, they end up criticizing one of man’s most important asset. This is why William Blake stated ‘Think in the morning, act in the noon, eat in the evening, sleep in the night.’ While we pursue our goals and aspirations, the importance of sleep shouldn’t be neglected.
The year 2020 has been one of different tales and experiences for many. As a result of the global Corona Virus pandemic, the economy of states has been among the worst hit. With businesses and jobs lost, many people are beginning to have various health challenges and the sudden lack of rest and sleep could be the reason. Since every adult is expected to have at least 7 hours of sleep while children should have 8 hours of sleep, more often than not, these economic circumstances push people into serious worry and disappointment, thereby affecting their sleep. This is why JoJo Jensen opines that ‘without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-old. To Nicolas Chamfort, ‘Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It is a palliative. The remedy is an untimely death.’ In other words, there are quite a lot of disadvantages to not having quality sleep and they include but not restricted to the following.
- According to scientific study, lack of sleep often leads to serious health problems like Heart attack, High blood pressure heart disease amongst others.
- A lack of sleep can result in depression.
- As a result of the serious health problems that can emanate from not having enough sleep, untimely death is also a high probability.
- Lack of sleep also results in the speedy ageing of an individual
- When the body is denied sleep, it becomes fatigued and unable to engage in activities
According to Arthur Schopenhauer, ‘Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.’ This statement by Arthur should resonate in the minds of all daily. This is why Thomas Dekker opines that ‘Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.’ The need to sleep often cannot be downplayed as there are many benefits to it, some of which include;
- Sleep helps in lowering an individual’s blood pressure which if not checked can result in death.
- Sleep helps in boosting the immune systems which empowers the immune body to fight against infections and diseases.
- According to research, healthy sleeping lifestyle aids in improving brain performance.
- Enough sleep is just as important for good health as nutrition and exercises.