While the examinees in Noida and elsewhere are sweating it out in the quest of good marks in the ongoing board exams, medical experts in Delhi-NCR have stressed on good sleep between the study hours as it is critical to dealing with pressure, keeping a calm head and faring well.
Stressing on the need for proper sleep for a healthy lifestyle, doctors believe that at least eight hours of relaxation is necessary for students to de-stress their minds and bodies and give their best in the exams.
“Sleep encompasses one third of our lifespan and it is one of the most important requirements for a healthy body and mind. Growing bodies in the age gap of 12-18 years need proper sleep as their brain and other organs get time to recharge. It is essential that students who have to appear for exams the next day, sleep well,” Gyanendra Agarwal, pulmonologist, Jaypee Hospital, Noida, said.
Doctors claim that when a person sleeps, his/her mind is still active or in a semi-conscious state .
“It is a misconception that sleep is waste of time and much can be achieved without it. When we sleep, our mind is awake and many hormonal changes occur during this time. These changes are more prevalent in the case of infants and growing bodies. If we don’t sleep, we are depriving our body of these essential changes,” PP Bose, president, Saans Foundation, Delhi, said.
Board exams for the students of standards 10 and 12 kicked off earlier this month. As many as 20 lakh students are appearing for the exams this year.
According to doctors, the students must sleep for at least eight hours every day to beat exam-related stress and perform to potential.
“Sleep is necessary to de-stress the body and mind and on the night before an examination, students are anxious about their performance and they choose to devote their sleeping time for study and revision. This is not a wise thing to do as it might affect their performance. Lack of sleep could prove counter-productive for them. All their preparation will come to nought if they don’t put in the minimum hours of sleep,” PN Arora, director, Yashoda Hospital, said.
Doctors also advised against taking naps and sleep for a minimum eight hours.
“A sound sleep should not be anything less than 6-8 hours. I would caution students against taking naps for 2-3 hours. Many tend to do that during exams as they believe that 2-3 hours of sleep is enough to de-stress their minds and bodies. Unless the body gets 1/3rd of the 24 hours cycle, it will not have the capacity to give its best,” Agarwal said.