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. No, Hadia, the mistakes you made (about “his” & “her”) are very common, even in India. It happens because when you write in English, you are translating from Urdu or Hindi. You want to translate “Ooska baita” and you write it down as “his son”. If you are talking about a man, it’s O.K. to write “his” son. But if you’re writing about a woman (as you did in your post), you should write “her” son. Similarly I’ve seen a wife being referred to as “her” wife, which is impossible. A woman can be the wife of a man only, therefore she should be referred to as “his” wife always. But you can write “his” daughter as well as “her” daughter, depending on whether you’re writing or talking about a man or a woman. If you want to tell someone something about your brother’s daughter, you will either say, “my brother’s daughter” or “his daughter” (although in Urdu you would say “ooski beti”). I hope this little lecture will make you a bit more careful in future. Regarding my attitude (about which you complained), let me tell you that I studied in a school which used to punish us for making mistakes by caning us many times. This is of course the only way to make kids learn something thoroughly, although beating a child is unlawful nowadays (in the west, that is). In Pakistan, you can still thrash your children and get away with it.

  2. THNX ALOT Yusha!!!

    And Mr. Shakir!!! i accept my mistake. But it does’nt mean that I have a bad english infact I wrote this article may be in a hurry.
    And the way you discourage people can never produce good writers. Of course every one knows the difference between his and her. So do I.It was written may be in hurry i guess.

  3. This is a brilliant post with a lot of soul. I encourage the author to write more refreshing posts such as this one.

  4. Mr. Yusha, please stick to the little knowledge you have about Islam and black magic. The tragedy of the Muslims is that they do not have the guts to call a spade a spade. By deliberately encouraging a writer like Hadia, you’re only making it worse for her. If she wants to write good English (something that appears impossible now, but miracles do happen), let her study the language in detail Maybe she’ll master the language in a couple of years. But don’t say it’s an excellent post when it isn’t.

  5. I advise Mr Lakhani to take a course in good manners. i have seen people talk like that in rural areas, but i never expected this kind of thing at chowrangi.

  6. Thank you for your prompt reply, Shakir.
    Actually, that seemed lethargic, so I replied; didn’t want to bring religion into it – just wanted to negate about what a common morale should look like! Later, I came to know that you’re an apt, proficient and mature writer so I believe commenting like that from an expert like you would only promote discouragement and/or demoralization and I hope you will not disagree (that is, calling someone a jerk or idiot, directly).
    Further, the error postulated to me more like, ‘typos’ of Hadia.

  7. Bolder, if you think I don’t write correct English, please send whatever I’ve written on this post to a professor of English, and ask him if it is grammatically correct or not. And send this comment of yours to him as well, he’ll tell you to stop writing in English and stick to Urdu, with which you’re apparently comfortable. And please don’t bring religion into it. That is what idiots do when they don’t have enough knowledge about the topic being discussed.

  8. What a holly crap !!
    Shakir, after commenting, had you have a chance to readout, what you wrote?
    If not, please do so! If you cannot write, then, please don’t discourage others to. And this sort of humiliation seems to be much lethargic like a personal revenge. God knows…
    This is what a common moral is, besides what our Islam teaches!
    Please think about it.

  9. I advise the writer to take a course in Basic English. In the very first paragraph, there are mistakes which prove that English is being slowly tortured to death in this country. How can Ahmed’s mother be “her” mother? He is a boy, unless he’s had a sex-change operation! And Ahmed has to be “her” son, not “his” son (unless his mother has also changed her gender!). I have seen such mistakes committed by people who studied in schools in the rural areas, but I never expected this kind of thing in Chowrangi.


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