An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Sleep well and keep healthy

I was young and I slept so much that it was a joke! Whenever people would come to meet me, I would be sleeping. Yet, I was thinner. Does sleep have anything to do with your weight? Well, to be fair in my case I was a lot younger and so very high metabolism and also a lot more exercise. But still, does sleep affect your weight and health?

Apparently, according to a study from Nihon University, those who sleep less than 5 hours a day are more prone to obesity and have higher levels of blood sugar that could lead to obesity. Lack of sleep triggers a hormone that increases a sense of hunger and appetite for high calorie foods.

So, not only should one exercise, one should also have a good night’s sleep to keep healthy.


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  1. Anonymous says

    Desh, yes I remember you sleeping on the manji after the morning breakfast. I have also reached the same conclusion by observation and personal experience that good quality sleep seems a critical ingredient to health. Top athletes (like Roger Federer) also sleep a lot. Ayurveda states the three pillars of health are as ahara(food), nidra(sleep) and brahmacharya(celibacy).

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