Junk Sleep: A Social Evil

It was 3 AM when light was glowing in Ahmad’s room. Her mother woke up for Tahajud’s prayer and went straight to his room. She thought his son would be studying because his exams are approaching but she became disappointed when she saw him sitting in front of his computer and chatting with his friends.

Do not you think this is every home’s story now? At least I think!

Benjamin Franklin once said: Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. But now we are familiar to a term called Junk sleep – sleep that is of neither the length nor quality that it should be in order to feed the brain with the rest it needs.

Presently almost every one is caught up in this social evil but youngsters are in the lime light. Availability of electronic halo of gadgets at somehow reasonable rates is the biggest reason for junk sleep. Television, cable, computer, cell phones and I pods are always there to entertain us by cutting us on our sweet sleep. Our youth is really suffering from this social evil. Their new night light is computer monitor and their cell phone is always vibrating with late calls and text messages. Television screen is always fresh with unending new programs and icing on the cake is the variety of channels which make it hell lot of easier to sit and enjoy your favourite channel throughout the night.

In addition to this vital factor, there are some other reasons also. Although they can’t be considered the vital ones but they somehow are enhancing the trend of junk sleep. The emerging trend of second shift of educational institutions is disrupting the sleeping habit. More students and less space is the vital reason for the second shifts of institutions which start at round about 2PM and end at 8 PM. Definitely students’ sleeping routine do get affected because of this.

Various Multinational eating outlets provide junk food at reasonable rates after 12 AM with an attractive caption of MIDNIGHT DEAL. In the same way, a number of mobile phone companies have the packages of lowest call rates after 12 AM. We really become happy and truly avail these opportunities but we never consider the way they are altering our sleeping routine.
In the same way, a number of Multinational companies offer us jobs with attractive salary packages but again, these jobs start at night and end in the morning. These include the call centers whose basic priority is the youngsters with good spoken English and they give a handsome starting salary. Although it sounds so nice to get a job without any degree and experience but don’t you think these sorts of jobs are really interrupting our old routines?

Experts recommend a sound sleep of eight hours necessary for good physical and mental health. Now we rarely find anyone who says that he gets a sound sleep of almost 8 hours.
Allah has mentioned in Holy Quran that days have been made for work whereas nights have been made for rest and comfort but we as a society are sleeping less. Our grandparents slept more than we do today. Of course, they didn’t have cell phones, cable TV and other distractions. When it got dark, there was little to do. Today, we sleep much less.

Sound Sleep is definitely more comforting as and it relaxes our body. We have to realize that sound sleep is important for both physical and mental functioning and wellbeing and without any doubt junk sleep is affecting our health negatively.

20 thoughts on “Junk Sleep: A Social Evil”

  1. u people r right that junk sleep is a social evil.and i hope u also acquant in the same way we people facing joj crises!if we would nt do job at night hw we support our family.so we r bound to do that

  2. Very true, considering that some people here are having nightmares, incidents of bedwetting due to blogging and are eventually staying up all nights thinking what to reply…wot yoo shoo?

  3. Great article, and true for everyone, everywhere who is inundated with technological choices. It can run away with your time, and kids, especially, need to learn all the basics as well as how to ration their time. Perhaps some discipline is required, maybe keeping half your time for yourself alone, including sleeping, and the other half for the rest of the world, in whatever form?

  4. yeah!!junk sleep is though an evil but none of us could resist now….we are now addict of modern technology..time wont passes without tv,cell phone and pc’s
    dont u think that life gets static without all these luxaries??
    so y wasting time on just writing??
    join and help me along with my group mates in developing a true famliy channel preserving norms and traditions of pakistani society


  6. i definitely think that junk sleep is an evil n is increasing coz of easy availibilty of cell phones. i personally feel that our youth has been adversely effected coz of this.

  7. Shakir:
    Just for a minute, consider yourself a teenager, doing intermediate or post/pregradution and then tell me – you didn’t make such little mistakes in your life? Born perfect, that would be a miracle. I would suggest, don’t just hit the wall and think how would you feel, if someone would have argued your holly writings in such a way, you did……!

    Thank you for supporting my logic – thats what, makes sense! 🙂


    Thank you for coming in and commenting while passing by!
    I first saw the comment and I couldn’t stop my fingers hitting the keyboard!!

    Bolder aka Bashu Khan.


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