In general, sleep disorders are more common in women than in men. Insomnia is the most frequent sleep disorder among women. For every man who suffers from insomnia there are two women who have it….
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Indeed, you’re not alone. A third of the world population suffers from insomnia and other sleep problems, and only 10% of them seek medical help.
On March 18, World Sleep Day was held as a wake-up call about the dangers that exist around sleep disorders.
In general, an increase in cases of insomnia and other sleep problems worldwide (between 30% and 45% of the population) is observed, although insomnia remains the most frequent pathology.
In the United States between 50 and 70 million people have trouble sleeping.
In China, nearly 50% of the so-called “middle class” (that is, almost half a billion people) suffer from insomnia. In total, 38.3% of Chinese adults suffer from insomnia, which is higher than the world average.
In developing countries, 150 million people (more than 16% of the population) have trouble sleeping, a figure which is close to the developed countries.
The World Society of Sleep Medicine (WASM) even talks about a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life.
Technological advances such as electronic devices whose use is widespread among the population or new ways of communication like social media contribute greatly to this lack of sleep.
More and more young people are beginning to suffer from sleep problems caused by the use of these devices and the constant connection to social networks. Recent studies show that people who are connected to social networks have more trouble falling asleep.
Furthermore, these devices generate a fractional, superficial sleep governed by the anxiety of receiving a message at any time.
However, despite the huge negative impact that sleep disorders have on health, work and family, people with these problems don’t give them the due importance. Only 10% of patients go to the doctor. Many people who cannot sleep self-medicate or ignore the problem, thinking that they will not suffer any consequences.
There are a lot of health problems associated with sleep disorders, such as premature aging, cognitive impairment and damage to the heart and other internal organs.
It is also dangerous to self-medicate, because sleep problems may come from another health condition and it is necessary to have a medical examination to know the real cause of the problem. Besides, sleeping pills can cause dependence and should only be prescribed by a medical specialist. Gaining social and professional awareness should be the first step to act on because sleep disorders can be prevented and treated medically.
A restful sleep is must be deep and not interrupted during the night. There is not an exact number of hours to sleeping and it depends on the circumstances of each person.
World Sleep Day 2016 is celebrated today with the slogan “Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream”. This is an annual event organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of The World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM).
The slogan of this year expressed a desire, sleep well, which comes true for only 1/3 of the world’s population. The vast majority of people on this planet have trouble sleeping at some point. It may be said that lack of sleep is a global epidemic that threatens much of the world’s population regardless of where they live….
Few things are as important as good health. Adequate sleep is essential to health, emotional balance and daily performance.
Manuel Serrano, head of the Psychiatry Department of the University Hospital Complex of A Coruña (Chuac) and current president of the Galician Association of Psychiatry, states that “health and rest always go hand in hand” and that sleep is a vital function “like eating”….
We all know that getting enough sleep is important, but very few people know how many hours we need to sleep.
Too little sleep can cause problems of tiredness or lack of concentration during the day. However oversleeping is also unhealthy. Oversleeping can cause mental fatigue, exhaustion and is related to heart problems, diabetes and cerebrovascular accidents.
The popular belief says that eight hours are necessary to have a restful sleep, but this is not entirely true. How many hours do we really need?…
In the previous article we said that “sleep is a mysterious process”, citing the words of biologist David Prober. And indeed, though we sleep every night and sleeping seems like a very simple act, nothing is further from reality. Sleep is a process full of unknowns and questions for which science still has no answers. Perhaps the most important question is why do we need sleep?…