Oftentimes, many think that sleep is a natural thing to humans, that as soon as the head hit 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.
The sleep issue can be thus bad, that sleeplessness or insomnia as it is called medically is not only on the upsurge, but truly exacting heavy toll on its victims. According to neurologists, an estimated 63million Nigerians, representing over one-third of the country’s population may be suffering from varied sleep problems. No doubt, sleep disorder was a global epidemic which affects about 25 percent of adult population around the world. Truly, for a staggering 63million Nigerians, are close to 25 percent of the entire global adult population to 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 have on the individual’s health, both mental and physical, 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 ailments.
So, 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 3 pillars of good health is good sleep. The others are good diet and good exercising. 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 development, boost the immune system and improves the ability to learn and perform variety of tasks’’. Beside 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 rest, including the luxury of making an afternoon nap. All around him or her are uncontrolled noises, most of which are clearly unwarranted. In some other areas, blaring sound from large musical amplifiers, particularly from the nite clubs and recreational gardens, hotels and brothels, worship centres, markets, and even some 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 very sad indeed, and catastrophic 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 contributed to the sleep problem and a reminder of how difficult the task of tackling sleeps deprivation 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.
Thus, a fitful night sleep, ought to be enjoined by all after a full day’s work, to replenishes lost energy, refreshes the body system and makes one ready for another day’s work. So, to give an optimum and enjoy quality life, all obstacles that stand in the way of an enjoyable sleep must be eliminated.
Therefore, to deny anyone the right, especially under avoidable circumstances, like those needless and unwarranted noises 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, uninterrupted.

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