What is insomnia
According to the Spanish society of sleep (SES), sleep disorders affect about a third of the population of this country, greatly reducing the quality of life of those who suffer it.
According to the General Council of Official Colleges of Pharmacists, insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. The data indicate that about 10% of the population suffers chronically and almost 50% suffer it at some point in their lives.
Sleep disorder has very serious consequences for health and has harmful effects on the metabolism and the endocrine system that are equivalent to accelerated aging of the body. It should also be stressed that it is a risk factor for most pathologies you are suffering.
Factors that possibly trigger insomnia
There are several factors that may trigger insomnia, among the most common is stress, family, work or financial related problems. It also influences the personality of the individual and the environment: temperature, noise etc.
Not resting properly has consequences that manifest during the day, such as fatigue, anxiety, lack of energy and a decrease in the level of alertness.
Insomnia is characterized by at least one of the following symptoms:
– Not able to fall asleep
– Increase in the number of times you wake up through the night
– Decrease of sleep time, waking up too early
– Feeling that sleep has been not enough to wake up rested
So how many hours are necessary? According to a great article from the Smoda publication, “on average, the amount of sleep necessary to feel rested the next day, ranges from 7 to 8 hours. The ideal would be to spend 8.5 hours in bed.”
“This extra hour makes sense if we consider that we only sleep between 85% and 90% of the time we spend in bed. The rest are micro-awakenings, very usual within normal sleep patterns. The next morning we will only remember the somewhat longer pauses to go to the bathroom, for example.”
How to find out how many hours to sleep?
Experts recommend a very simple trick, on vacation or when we are relaxed, we can calculate how many hours we sleep from when we go to sleep until we wake up naturally.
First of all we want to be clear that whenever we suffer a problem of this type, it is best to consult with a professional health practitioner. It is important not to self-medicate with sleep medications that, if they are not strictly necessary, it is better not to consume as they could cause dependence and a dreaded hangover effect.
Food supplements have become very popular and there are many people who choose this type of treatment. One of the main advantages of treating insomnia through phytotherapy is that medicinal plants do not alter the architecture of sleep, resulting in recovering sleep adequately and without showing rebound effects.
Of course, if insomnia continues for more than two weeks, it would be necessary to consult a specialist to address the problem in more depth.