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kind y n a f o ctivity a l a c i dy and o o b Phys r u cardi for yo o d d o o o t g is lth. Try our times a e h p slee least f t a ays. s d e e s t i c a r exe altern n o r o de a week ercises inclu ing ex cl Cardio wimming, cy , s jogging walking. ple or sim factor to traffic accidents as drowsy drivers tend to fall asleep at the wheel. Stage 3: Leads to long-term illnesses, diseases and cancer Your body may recover from not sleeping quickly, but if continued over a period of time, the negative long-term consequences on health would have already set in. For instance, the immune system would be the worst hit and unable to defend the body effectively. Poor and restricted sleep would lead to the development of specific illnesses and diseases. These notably relate to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension and even certain types of cancers. REMEDIES FOR SLEEP DISORDERS Rampant sleep deprivation is remedial and can be curbed if conscious action in following a sleep regime is taken. Some measures to alleviate the discomfort 38 February 2018 HEALTH & NUTRITION associated with sleep disorders are: Follow a routine: Set the clock as per your bedtime and stick to it. Keep distractions such as phones, gadgets and late night TV shows away. Work towards getting good, on-time sleep and take it just as seriously as any other habit. Exercise: As we already know, physical activity of any kind is good for your body and sleep health. Try to do cardio exercises at least four times a week or on alternate days. Cardio exercises include jogging, swimming, cycling or simple walk ing. Ask a sleep expert: If you still think you are facing issues while sleeping and are worried you may be prone to heart problems, consult a sleep doctor. Together, you may be able to figure out what exactly is keeping you awake at night. DR PREETI DEVNANI Sleep Therapist Sleep@10, A Godrej Interio Initiative