sleep for physical wellbeing
How long you sleep, what time you sleep can determine not just your body and mind state, but can completely disrupt your personal well-being.

Let’s be honest. For most of us, it’s challenging to wake up early in the morning. It’s not easy, especially when it’s still dark out there. With times, our physical wellbeing gets messed up as our sleep cycles have changed  completely, especially in metro cities. Mumbai, for example, is known as the city that never  sleeps. While this may make it the financial capital of India and result in a hep night life, it  isn’t ideal for the people. Rising early can kick-start a daily routine that benefits our physical  wellbeing.

Sleep schedule allows both body and mind to recover during the night. Waking up early in  the morning is as equally important as refreshing sleep.

The ideal time to go to sleep is 10 pm and wake-up time is 6 am, which goes in line with circadian rhythm.

What is Circadian rhythm?

Circadian rhythm is the internal manifestation of a solar day 24-hour clock controlled by brain molecules. One of the common circadian rhythms is the sleep-wake  cycle. This helps to regulate the daily schedule of sleep and wakefulness. Disruption in normal circadian rhythm is associated with adverse effects on quality of life. It  starts by affecting the hormones which disturbs the BMR.

What is BMR?

BMR is the abbreviation for Basal metabolic rate. BMR is the total number of calories the  human body needs to accomplish life-sustaining functions. Essential functions include  breathing, circulation, protein synthesis, nutrient processing, and cell production. BMR helps to gain, lose or maintain weight. A popular method to calculate BMR is through  the Harris-Benedict formula.

BMR guides you to set up a proper meal plan to reach the ideal weight. It is a wrong perception that a lean physique is equivalent to having an ideal weight. Weight Loss to a healthy weight can  promote health benefits. 

REM sleep (Rapid Eye movement sleep)

Sleep happens in two phases

Non-REM sleep

REM sleep 

This phase happens after half an hour of falling asleep. It’s in this phase we  experience vivid dreams.

Both phases of sleep are essential for physical wellbeing. Following sleep hygiene can get  you quality sleep that can enhance your work productivity.

Work stress leads to several sleep disorders. Emotional wellness programs are designed to  cope with this stress. Emotional wellness programs include various activities like journaling,  positive affirmations, meditation, mindfulness, and laughing therapies for physical wellbeing.

So do we all need the same amount of sleep?

The need for sleep varies in different age groups. New born baby needs about 16 hours of  sleep per day. Likewise for an adult 8 – 9 hours of sleep is sufficient to feel refreshed.

Sleep disruption affects physical health and along with it impacts emotional and psychological health too. What begins as one night of binge-watching or frequent trips across time zones, soon plays havoc with the mind and body. Bloating, blank outs, creative blocks,  weight gain, dark circles, hair loss, confused state, lethargic state are all by products of  disturbed sleep and deficit in sleep.

So how much sleep is good for physical wellbeing?

Student centric or employee centric online wellbeing programs emphasise the benefits of magnificent mornings.

In the current pandemic situation, many companies have introduced online wellbeing programs for employees.So how does one assess ‘wellbeing’? Through a simple survey. Happiness survey questionnaires can help you understand unnoticed facts about your own emotions.

Emotional wellness programs teach how to manage feelings without losing control over them.

It’s not just a test, it’s a quest to your own wellbeing.

Do you think your physical wellbeing quotient is normal? Take our assessments and analytical solutions for self and your organisational purposes and check out your very own Physical Wellbeing Joygraph.

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