2. Amidst our busy schedules and hectic routines, we often think that sleep is a luxury. However, sleep
is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Sleep is essential for good health. It is a requirement in order for the
body to rest, recuperate, and rejuvenate. Most of us have experienced sleeplessness at one time or
another and are familiar with the feeling of fatigue, sleepiness and impaired daytime functioning
that accompanies it. Sleep deprivation can have a devastating impact on one's well-being, because
good health is linked to having sufficient sleep. Identifying and correcting poor sleeping habits can
help older adults to improve their well-being and quality of life.
There are many causes behind an inability to sleep. These can include the stress in our daily life, our
mental health and other medical conditions. When a person is deprived of sleep, the first possible
effects he feels are hallucinations and mood swings. The nervous system will be affected, lack of
sleep will also make a person feel drowsy and unable to concentrate on his work.
There are some things to abstain from doing prior to sleeping these include imbibing alcohol and
caffeine. Caffeine keeps us alert. Alcohol itself is sedating but if taken during the day or early
evening, it can actually lead to a rebound state of wakefulness at bedtime. Also, resist the
temptation to do a rigorous workout before going to bed. Any exertion more strenuous than a short
walk after dinner to aid digestion will prevent you from having a good night's rest. Avoid going to
bed on a full stomach. Or immediately after eating a heavy meal.
3. Make sure you fall asleep at the same time every night, and in the same way, wake up at the same
time every morning. Winding down is essential for good sleep. A daily ritual to help us relax at the
end of the day is a good lead-up to falling asleep. Adjust your bedroom temperature to be slightly
cool. In addition, keep the bedroom dark and as tidy as possible. It is not restful to sleep in a room
that is brightly lit or messy. Medication to assist with sleeping can be purchased at any chemist.
One of the greatest causes of sleep deprivation is the inability to stop the mind from racing with the
day's events and ongoing worries. It is almost impossible to jump into bed, close our eyes and
immediately fall asleep after coming directly home from work with the weight of the day's worries
still lingering in our minds. The key is to slow down and try to leave your troubles behind. A warm
bath, a glass of warm milk, soothing music, a good book and dimmed lights can have a calming,
• Identify the thesis statement of this article?
• What is the topic sentence of paragraph 2?
• What is the topic of the topic sentence you have identified in
• What is the controlling idea of the topic sentence you have identified
in paragraph 2?
• Identify 2 support sentences in paragraph 4
• Identify and write down one transition found in paragraph 1,
paragraph 3 and one in paragraph 4.