Oftentimes, many think that sleep is a natural thing to humans, that as soon as the head hits the pillow, then off he or she goes into the blissful world of unconsciousness. While this is so for most people, for many others, it is not quite so, it is even a nightmare to few others. Though, they naturally desire it, but are unable to get sleep. It eludes them, night after night, almost all nights, they are awake with their eyes wide open, not responding to nature’s call to the dream world of peaceful rest.
Sleep disorder and related sleep problems can be thus bad, that can result to sleeplessness or insomnia as it is called medically, which is on the rise and exacting heavy toll on its victims. Though, sleep disorders cause more than just sleepiness, but the lack of quality sleep can have a negative impact on the energy, emotional balance and health of the victim. According to neurologists, an estimated 63 million Nigerians, representing over one-third of the country’s population may be suffering from varied sleep disorder or related sleep problems.
No doubt, sleep disorder was a global epidemic, which affects about 25 per cent of adult population around the world. Beyond doubt, it is said that a staggering 63 million Nigerians, which is close to 25 per cent of the entire global adult population, find themselves in the unpleasant state of sleep deprivation, is without any iota of doubt a worrying signal. And there is no telling what the conditions will have on the individual’s health, both mentally and physically, beside the enormous socio-economic cost to both those affected and the society.
Indeed, lack of or insufficient sleep according to the neurologists could also lead to heart failure, decreased work place performance and learning deficiency among scholars and other associated ailments. Therefore, since sleep is crucial to the proper functioning of the human body and the overall wellness of man, we must do all we can to ensure that we get enough of it. In fact, researches have shown that one of the three pillars of good health is good sleep, and the others are good diet and good exercise. A good sleep has the advantage of refreshing one and making one to be alert in carrying out a day’s job or work in a satisfactory manner. Other studies have ‘’linked human wellness to quality sleep and that good sleep also helps the brain’s development, boost the immune system and improves the ability to learn and perform variety of tasks’’. Besides these, sleep also restores and rejuvenates the body, as well as helping to conserves energy.
Increasingly, however, the Nigerian environment is not conducive to a sound night’s rest, including the luxury of taking an afternoon nap. All around are uncontrolled noises, most of which are clearly unwarranted. In some other areas, blaring sound from large musical amplifiers, particularly from the nightclubs and recreational gardens, hotels and brothels, worship centres, markets, and even some have turned their vehicles into a moving advertisement shop to promote a product just anywhere in our towns and cities. And, it is a 24-hours bedlam in many cases, no place it seems, is noise-free. It is as if the country is one huge boiling pot of a noise machine.
This is sad indeed, and calamitous to the wellness of the people. True, there are other factors inducing sleeplessness, such as psychological and emotional stresses, poor environmental sanitation around neighbourhoods, illnesses and some other medical conditions. Still, those constant noises in the towns and cities are to a large extent contributory to the sleep disorderliness and problems and as well a vivid reminder of how difficult the task of tackling sleep deficiencies is without eliminating or reducing those neighbourhood noises. Maybe, this is the time to have legislation in place to limit those loud noises in our neighbourhood and other public places just like the ban on tobacco smoking in public places.
Consequently, a fitful night sleep, ought to be enjoyed by all after a full day’s work, to replenish lost energy, refresh the body system and make one ready for another day’s work. So, to give an optimal and enjoyable quality life, all obstacles that stand in the way of a pleasurable sleep must be eliminated.
Thus, to deny anyone the right, especially under avoidable circumstances, like needless and unwarranted noise is to take away an integral part of his or her being. Hence, society has a duty to ensure this does not happen, or at least reduce it to the barest minimum, so that we can have that needful night trip into the blissful world of unconsciousness, without any interruption.

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