Dr Shyamsunder Subramanian, Consultant, Pulmonary/ Critical Care/ Sleep Medicine
Iam 15 years old and currently prepping up for my board examinations. As my day is packed with academics and curricular classes, I am often sleep deprived and have been consuming sleeping tablets. Is it safe to take these pills before my examinations? Divya Jain, Haryana Sleep is an extremely important component of brain development and health. In particular, attention and focus is critically dependent on good sleep. And adequate REM sleep is vital for improving memory. You should make it a priority to get at least nine hours of sleep as a 15-year-old. Even getting one hour less sleep everyday builds up ‘sleep debt’ over time which is detrimental to not only your brain health but also overall health, and predisposes to diseases such as ADHD, and obesity. Taking medications/ stimulants to counter the effects of sleep deprivation is extremely dangerous and has numerous side effects. Unless there is a medical reason to be on stimulants, prescribed by an experienced sleep physician or psychiatrist, these medications should be completely avoided at all costs.