There is a common belief offlate that a fit body and balanced diet are all that is required to acquire a healthy mind and healthy body.
Well, as the saying all that shine is not gold so is the condition of your body, just exterior six packed or shapely appearance is not an indication of a helathy body. This has been established by the unexpected demise of one of the youngest, hard working and physically fit CEO from Bandra(Mumbai) ? Ranjan Das
Popular as a fitness freak and a marathon runner, 42 year old Ranjan Das was classed among the most active and energetic young CEOs in India. He was a regular gym goer and was keen on physical fitness. His diet had been regulated and balanced.
During the last week of october, his schedule was not any different, he went to gym did his workout, returned and retired in his bedroom to never see the next day. Doctor?s opined that a massive heart attack had lead to his death.
A Massive Heart Attack, this was something you thought usually occurred to people after their 60s or 70s, and that too if they were overweight with a lot fat depositions in their arteries or had unhealthy eating habits and so on.
The reason behind the death of Ranjan Das turned out to be totally a different reason ? Sleep Deprivation.
Yes! Sleep Deprivation turned out to be the demon behind the massive heart attack of Ranjan Das.
A normal human needs at least 6 to 7 hours of good sleep which has to be more for people who are physical more active such as Ranjan Das who was a marathon runner.
Sleep Deprivation affects you in a number of ways
- Sleep deprivation leads to 350% to 500% more risk of high BP than peple having normal sleep.
- Age is inversely proportional tp risk of high BP due to sleep deprivation, ie, the younger you are the more chances of getting high BP due to sleep deprivation.
- hs-cRP (high sensitivity C reactive protein) a predictor of heart attack is seen to increase in case of sleep deprivation.
- Sleep deprivation with sleeping less than 5 hours per day increased risk of heart disease by 39% and that for those who sleep for less than 6 hours by 18%.
- One night oof sleep deprived would cause a hike in toxic substances such as IL 6 (Interleukin6), TNF-alpha (Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha) and cRP (C Reactive Protein). These are substaces that pose risk such as heart diseases, cancer, arthritis and so on.
REM and Non- REM Sleep
To sleep well you have to first know what sleep really involves. Sleep basically has two cycles that come one after other and happens 4 to 5 times during your sleep, these are the REM or the Rapid Eye Movement sleep and the Non REM sleep.
The REM sleep strenthens your mental stability and improves your mental health. Non REM slepp on the otherhand repairs and regains physical strength to you body. Thus these two cycles are very important to you for a proper and balanced well being.
The Important REM Sleep
More often than not the first part of your sleep consists of non-REM sleep and the later part is the REM sleep. When you wake up with just 5 hours of sleep you miss a great part of REM sleep that mainly acts as a mental consolidation factor. This makes you jumpy the whole day and you might face stress even at first possible irritant.
This stress would naturally affect your blood pressure causing high BP and other heart diseases.
Thus, sleep deprivation should always be avoided if you want to lead a long and happy life. Wealth and material luxury doesnot mean well being, a person has to be healthy to enjoy them too. Ranjan Das had enjoyed success at a very young age, however he could not stay back to taste the fruits of his hard work.
People working in IT sector today have to learn from this incident and try to change their lifestyle at least for their own good.