Sleep is one of nature's greatest inventions and blessings of life. It is a periodic rest of the body which is absolutely essential for its functioning. Sleep is the indispensable condition to the recuperation of energy. We go to bed fatigued and get up refreshed. Sleep repairs the wear and tear of the body and mind incurred during waking hours. Nothing is so restorative to the nerves as sound and uninterrupted sleep. Sleep is thus vital element for proper functioning of man's mental as well as physical well being.
Loss of sleep exerts seriously detrimental effects upon the nervous system. Long periods of wakefulness may cause profound psychological changes such as loss of memory, irritability, hallucination and even schizophrenic manifestations.
Sleeping well is an art. It needs a perfect blend of healthy habits and control of mind. A Clean body and mind, relaxed mood, physical exercises, and perfect dietary control are some basic sleep-inducing methods.
Unpleasant situations at bed time such as arguments, quarrels, watching a horror movie, listening to loud music which would create anxiety, ear, excitement and worries should be avoided. Such situations stimulate the cerebral cortex and tend to keep one awake. The bedroom should be well ventilated, with balanced temperature and free from noises. Eating heavily before sleep is not advisable for getting sound sleep.