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September 12, 2023 09:43 pm | Updated September 15, 2023 11:05 am IST – Bengaluru

Since its inception in October final yr, Tele MANAS, the government-run nationwide tele-mental well being helpline, has recorded the highest number of calls seeking help for sleep orders. Of the practically three lakh calls acquired up to now, over 34,000 had been made for sleep disturbance. Calls seeking help for disappointment, stress, and anxiousness got here subsequent.

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Of the overall 2,98,940 calls acquired on the nationwide 24/7 helpline as of Tuesday (September 12), as many as 34,139 callers sought help for sleep disturbance. While 32,239 calls acquired had been for seeking help for disappointment, 28,000 calls had been stress-related. Overall, 44% of the three lakh calls had been made by feminine callers. 

To present reasonably priced entry to high quality psychological well being care by means of tele-services underneath the National Mental Health Programme (NMHP), the Centre launched the Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking Across States (Tele MANAS) initiative on October 10, 2022.  NIMHANS is the nationwide Apex Coordinating Centre, and the International Institute of Information Technology (IIITB) in Bengaluru is the know-how accomplice for this helpline. 

Sleep disturbance

Sleep disturbances embody problems of initiating and sustaining sleep (DIMS, insomnias), problems of extreme somnolence (DOES), problems of sleep–wake schedule, and dysfunctions related to sleep, sleep levels, or partial arousals (parasomnias).

Elaborating on the explanations for sleep disturbances, Naveen Kumar C., Professor of Psychiatry at NIMHANS and Principal Investigator, Apex Coordinating Centre for Tele MANAS, mentioned stress, interpersonal issues, monetary points, anxiousness, melancholy and worries are some of the causes.

“Advice is predicated on the causes of complaints. While it is very important deal with the underlying points, the counsellors advise stress administration and sleep hygiene methods, yoga and meditation and if required, a session with a physician too,” he mentioned.

Sunil Kumar Okay., Lead Consultant – Interventional Pulmonology at Aster CMI Hospital, mentioned lack of sleep or disturbed sleep impacts bodily well being and likewise has an immense long-term impression on cognitive perform and general well-being.

“Sleep deprivation can result in reminiscence points, incapacity to focus, and irritability. In the long run, this additionally impacts one’s general well-being, resulting in low immunity, weight problems, hypertension, and cardiovascular ailments. Physical diseases similar to arthritis, complications, or psychological misery similar to melancholy and/or anxiousness is also contributing to this sleep dysfunction,” he mentioned.

“During sound sleep, your physique heals and restores chemical steadiness. Thus, it is strongly recommended to get at the least six to seven hours of uninterrupted sleep,” he added.

Spread throughout 32 States

T.Okay. Srikanth, Principal Investigator from IIITB, mentioned with 43 operational Tele MANAS cells unfold throughout 32 States and Union Territories, the service has been catering to round 1,000 calls per day in 20 languages. “However, the number of calls has elevated within the final two months. The common number of calls acquired each day is about 1,800 for the reason that previous two months,” he mentioned.

“From idea to deployment of the software program and assist, other than coaching the counsellors on the know-how half, is our accountability. The software program helps the counsellors file the case historical past in order that if the identical particular person calls once more, there’s continuity in care. This additionally helps in recording knowledge for formulation of insurance policies in future,” Prof. Srikanth added.

Highest calls from Tamil Nadu

Naveen Kumar C., Professor of Psychiatry at NIMHANS and Principal Investigator, Apex Coordinating Centre for Tele MANAS, mentioned the highest number of calls have been acquired from Tamil Nadu.

Karnataka stands within the eighth place. Tamil Nadu is adopted by  Maharashtra, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, he mentioned.

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