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Sleepless in the dream city

The fast-paced life and trying to squeeze in a 30-hour schedule in a day is taking its toll on Mumbaikars, says study.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 14, 2008 13:30 IST

The fast-paced life and trying to squeeze in a 30-hour schedule in a day has taken its toll on the Mumbaikars, including young students, and their sleep, according to health experts here. No wonder the number of insomniacs in the city of dreams is increasing at an alarming rate.

Psychiatrist like Manoj Bhatavadekar of the Lokmanya Seva Sangh and NGO Juvenile Diabetes Foundation attribute this to lack of sleep hygiene.

With the change in lifestyle and late night schedule even the children are complaining of insomnia, Bhatavadekar said.

"We recommend good sleep habits - wake up at a particular time even if one goes to bed late, avoiding stimulants before sleep, using bed only for sleeping and going to bed only when you feel sleepy," he said.

As part of a month-long drive, an awareness programme for general physicians and specialists on how to tackle the problem of insomnia without pills is being held here. Talking about children, he said, they need more sleep than adults but with the their day packed with so many activities besides school, even the children go to bed late and have to get up early.

"Many of them are not able to concentrate because of lack of sleep and we get a lot of such cases," Bhatavadekar, who advises parents and students, said. He said even in case of insomnia in patients with depression and other illnesses, the doctors teach them how to manage sleep with the `pill popping' habit.