With ‘Sleep Awareness Week’ being recognized across the globe, the link between sleep and a healthy heart is being emphasized. This is due to the rate of people being diagnosed with cardiac disease in recent months.

This year’s theme “Begin with Sleep” highlights the importance of good sleep health for individuals to best achieve their personal, family, and professional goals. World Sleep Day is a global awareness event held annually and hosted by the World Sleep Society since 2007.

Shifa Al Jazeera Medical Centre  Cardiologist Dr Manu Baskar stressed the importance of healthy sleep which is essential for a healthy heart. People who don't sleep enough are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.

“What we often neglect is the importance of sleep amidst our busy schedules. In the present lifestyle that people are maintaining, they tend to compromise the number of hours they get to sleep for accomplishing other things. The time that we get to sleep is mostly used for either entertainment or travelling or nightlife” said Dr Manu.

“If you look back, you could see how a person with a much-relaxed schedule used to get at least 10 to 12 hours a day to get proper sleep and now it has reduced to 4 to 5 hours. This applies even for children who during examinations sit late hours to study. Some even take pills to either stay awake or to sleep which is similar to the switch on and switch off mode” he added.

What we ignore is that our body goes through the repairing process when we sleep, that is, to manage the stress and the wear and tear that happens during our day to day activities. Today, how many people can say that they slept well. That experience is apparently becoming very rare emphasized the doctor.

“We also often see those accidents while travelling often happens due to lack of sleep as well which also affects our decision making and lack of alertness. This in fact weakness our creative responses to the stress that we face today. Lack of sleep causes a wide range of problems for our health especially reducing our immunity power, increase in blood pressure and so on. So if you value your health, you work and family then you really need to find time to sleep” he said.

In celebration of World Sleep Day, Shifa Al Jazeera Medical Centre is set to hold a series of informative activities to promote proper sleep for healthy well-being.