January 3 is the Festival of Sleep Day. It was meant for those of us who cannot manage to get 40 winks because of the hectic schedule observed during Christmas and vacations.
There is bound to be a lot of Christmas shopping followed by Christmas celebrations. Then there is the New Year celebration not far off. With all these celebrations, one gets tired and exhausted. So, in comes the concept of a Sleep Day, where you are supposed to sleep peacefully.
The ideal amount of sleep one requires varies from individual to individual. The requirement also tends to vary with one's age. Young children going to school should be forced to sleep for at least 10 hours every day to make sure they remain in the best of health and happiness.
The requirement of sleep goes down as we grow up. Teenagers require something between 9 and 10 hours of sleep everyday. The ideal amount of sleep required by adults slips down to 7 to 8 hours per day.
A survey conducted by the National Health Interview Survey in 2005-07 reveals as many as 30 per cent of adults sleep for less than six hours in a day. The extent of the crisis can be gauged by the realization that as of 2009, about 31 per cent of students enrolled in high school could say they slept for eight hours every night.
Sleep can be improved by introducing a sleep-pattern. This means going to bed at the same time, and getting up at the same time. If you want to sleep well, you should be prepared to give up smoking or drinking alcohol.