The recommended 7 to 9 hours of shuteye nightly does more than make you less grumpy

According to a 2018 study conducted by a consumer products giant, nearly 93 per cent of Indians are sleep deprived. The study also said that sleeping post 10 pm triggers a change in the sleeping pattern that leads to sleep deprivation. You could blame it on changing lifestyles, work schedules or obsession with gadgets.


Also known as insufficient sleep or sleeplessness, it is the condition of not having enough sleep and may vary widely in severity. Some of the most important processes like repair, recovery, rejuvenation, detoxification, recycling, muscle growth, hormonal and sugar balance, growth in immunity occur during the deeper stages of sleep. A chronic sleep-restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and increased appetite leading to weight gain.


There are various causes of sleep deprivation, which can be voluntary behaviour, personal obligations, working schedule or medical problems. A variety of environmental factors, such as extreme cold or hot temperatures, loud noise, and bright light, can disrupt sleep at night. Certain lifestyle factors, such as drinking coffee or smoking cigarettes prior to bedtime, can stimulate the nervous system and also delay the onset of sleep.

What are the symptoms?

- Excessive sleepiness
- Yawning
- Irritability
- Daytime fatigue

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