Sleep hygiene Sleep hygiene

Sleep hygiene

Sets 1 February, 2017 Isabel Vallejo


Sleeping is not just part of your daily routine, it is essential to your physical and emotional health. Sleep is not an interruption of your energy at nighttime, it is a way for your energy to recharge.

Medical advisor Bernardo Uribe García
Clinical neurologist

Helpful habits

Go to bed at the same time, do not take work to bed or eat in it, keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature, avoid falling asleep to the TV, avoid the consumption of caffeinated drinks in the evening and foods with a high caloric content. These are some of the practices that can help you to fall asleep.

Between 90 and 100 minutes is how long the deep sleep cycle lasts. According to the Colombian Association of Sleep Medicine, we get between 4 to 5 of these cycles.

Balance

Not getting enough sleep can cause fatigue, attention deficit disorders, concentration and memory issues during the day as well as irritability and low energy for doing your daily activities. Physiologically, a lack of sleep affects your ability to process glucose, which can lead to high blood sugar levels, diabetes or weight gain. It also lowers your body temperature.

50% of the world’s population has experienced a sleep disorder at some point in their lives, according to the Colombian Association of Sleep Medicine.

Getting a good night’s sleep

Our brains recover when we sleep. The brain consolidates information and memories from throughout the day and releases chemical substances that improve the circulatory system. Sleep disorders not only affect us at night, but also affect our daily activities. If you cannot seem to get a good night’s sleep, it is best to seek the help of a specialist.

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Getting quality sleep