The World Health Organization (WHO) states that adults should get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a day to be in their best physical and mental state.
A study conducted by the Autonomous University of Puebla explains that people can suffer from insomnia when they are experiencing stress or are going through a major life change. Insomnia is also associated, however, with heart disease, hyperthyroidism, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
To treat insomnia, a specialist should be seen. Two treatment methods are used: pharmacological ones and non-pharmacological ones.
Researches from the Task Force at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine reviewed several different analysis in an effort to develop practical guidelines on how to manage non-pharmacological alternatives for treating chronic insomnia. Compared to pharmacological treatments, non-pharmacological ones were found to provide greater relief with certain sleep parameters.
Some recommended non-pharmacological treatments
-Set a schedule. Have a set time for going to bed in order to wake up at the time you want without complications.
-Create an ambience that is conducive to sleeping. Keep your bedroom dark at night and well-lit in the morning.
-Take your environment into consideration. This includes temperature, how loud it is, and how comfortable your bed and pillow are.
- Getting replenishing sleep helps prevent heart and brain disease
- Sleep habits develop during childhood