How important is it to rest properly at night? Here are the worst mistakes of bad sleep
What better time of the day than to drop your body between fresh and cozy sheets?
Everyday life is hectic and we know this well, then there are those days when you can't see the time to let yourself be left on the bed for a restful sleep. Our life is marked by an internal clock that allows you to synchronize the rhythms of the body with light / dark alternation. More precisely, brain cells located in the hypothalamus receive information about external light through photosensitive cells that make up the retina: in this way, they adapt the body's biological rhythms to those of day and night.
However, it may happen that this mechanism jams and this is how sleep-related disorders arise. In Italy, nine million people suffer from insomnia, while 4 out of 10 have difficulty falling asleep and 7 out of 10 have sleep disorders.
The triggers are different and there is also depression. Persistent insomnia is an alarm bell that should not be underestimated and is linked to depression. Sleeping little or badly favors their development, with serious consequences. To combat it you can resort to specific antidepressant therapies prescribed by your doctor.
Sleeping well and in the right doses (at least 7/8 hours) is important to avoid the development of sleep disorders. Here are some errors that are often made even unknowingly and that are not at all beneficial to our body:
- use sheets and pillowcases of synthetic fabrics: promotes sweating and awakenings with joint pains;
- drinking alcohol before going to bed: it gives a sense of numbness that would seem to conciliate sleep, in reality it can cause continuous awakenings during the night;
- to lie down without first digesting well: at least three hours should pass before going to bed, otherwise you risk incurring heartburn and refluxes that cause awakening;
- smoking, just before sleeping: nicotine is a substance with a "stimulating" action, which is why there is a great risk of falling asleep;
- temperature: too hot or too cold do not combine sleep. The ideal would be to keep the room temperature around 24 degrees, or at least 2 degrees less than the other rooms;
- magnetic fields: to be banished, when you go to bed, are all the devices that are the source. PCs, mobile phones and TV must therefore remain at a safe distance;
- colors: the colors of the walls can positively or negatively influence sleep. Bright colors tend to "keep the attention alive" causing difficulty in sleeping, while blue or pastel shades are restful.