I had an ‘education heavy’ childhood. Everything around my upbringing revolved around getting good education and getting a professional degree.

Staying awake late night for studying always made my mother happy, and I could see that when she would bring tea and snacks to help me study all night long! Somewhere, I secretly felt proud about myself too.

In college, I continued the same habit. Sleeping for a long time used to give me anxiety and major FOMO. I would feel I lost all the time I could have used for something productive and useful.

I ignored my low energy levels, lethargy, weight gain, and low immunity that came with lack of sleep and found joy in getting ‘better scores’. I reached a point where I lost complete control of my health.

Finally, I had to make a choice – success or health?

Today, if given a chance, I will tell my younger self to sleep, rest and replenish. Sleep is when your anti-cancer hormone (melatonin), your fat loss hormone (HGH), your hunger and satiety hormones (leptin and ghrelin) work. Sleep is when you restock your ammunition to fight diseases – immunity is developed when you sleep.

Life has taught me the hard way to give first priority to health than success. Success will come and go. Money will come and go. Your health is your biggest asset, never let it go away easily.

Sleep is an investment for good health. Sleep is PRODUCTIVE!

Doctor Rekha is a 4th generation Ayurvedic Medicine Doctor (BAMS) living in between Dubai and India who has patients from around the globe who believes that the wisdom of Ayurveda can help everyone lead a happy, heathy and disease-free life.

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