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.