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Tips for those who suffer from insomnia

This disorder is the inability to reconcile, maintain or achieve restorative sleep.

Bedtime comes and you can’t sleep. Inevitably he turns the earrings and, after time without falling asleep, anxiety invades him.

50 percent of the population suffers from distressing insomnia at least once in their lives, which makes it one of the most frequent sleep disorders, says Guadalupe Terán, a specialist at the UAM Sleep Clinic.

Sometimes it is temporary and is due to a change in daily activities, a period of work stress or a personal problem, but if it persists at least three times a week for more than a month, it is a chronic condition and you have to Seek help with the specialist.

The specialist of the Sleep Clinic of the UAM explains that insomnia is the inability to reconcile, maintain or achieve restorative sleep, and stress is the first cause to develop this condition, although depression also contributes.

According to a Sanfer Laboratories survey, 24 percent of respondents with insomnia take 30 minutes to an hour to fall asleep, and 38 percent take more than an hour.

Living with insomnia affects performance at work and school, he emphasizes, even more, serious diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and cardiovascular problems can influence the onset.

Despite this, according to the survey, 30 percent of those affected by insomnia do nothing to treat it; 26 percent consume home remedies; 9 percent self-medicate, and only 5 percent go to the doctor to treat it.

It indicates that it is necessary to address any sleep problem with a specialist and follow recommendations to achieve sleep, such as reducing the use of mobile devices at night and not having a television in the bedroom.

In case of experiencing temporary insomnia, it is advisable to leave the room while sleep is not achieved and do some activity that favors relaxation.

If what you take away from sleep are the activities you will do the next day, suggest leaving the room and with a dim light write down the earrings, at what time you will solve it and in what way. Sometimes it is temporary and is due to a change in daily activities, a period of work stress or a personal problem, but if it persists at least three times a week for more than a month, it is a chronic condition and you have to Seek help with the specialist. Bedtime comes and you can’t sleep.