According to a study carried out by the Phillips company , « in Latin America, less than half of the people keep regular hours to sleep. I...
According to a study carried out by the Phillips company , « in Latin America, less than half of the people keep regular hours to sleep. In addition, 75% of people have sleep disorders ".
These disorders go beyond causing us discomfort and disrupting our productivity. A recent study states that " daytime sleepiness may be a sign that you will suffer from Alzheimer's in the future . " The research, conducted by the University of Washington, is compelling. Pay attention, we will tell you everything about it.
It's all "fault" of Amyloids
These shocking results were made in 142 adults between 45 and 70 years of age. It was poor quality of sleep that was assessed, not hours of sleep itself.
The keyword for understanding the study's findings is "amyloids," which according to the Mayo Clinic, are " an abnormal protein that is produced in the bone marrow and can be deposited in any tissue or organ ." The interesting thing is that restless and bad sleep shows the accumulation of this amino acid in the body of people, which is directly related to Alzheimer's disease.
The situation is that this protein, when accumulating, strangles neurons , and its deposits are a pre-clear symptom of patients with this disease.
Based on the research, the doctors concluded that once this relationship is detected, the disease takes between 10 and 20 years to appear.
Naps are a sure sign of amyloid deposits
From the data collected, the study indicates that " frequent naps were also associated with amyloid deposition ." It is that " those who report being very sleepy during the day were almost three times more likely to have brain deposits of beta-amyloid, a protein that is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease ", as indicates the Spanish daily ABC commenting on a study similar with the same results.
The unfortunate thing is that amyloid deposits cannot be treated, since they only have symptomatic treatment. So any improvement in the quality of people's sleep can avoid these dangerous deposits in neurons and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's.
" The early identification of patients with daytime sleepiness and the treatment of sleep disorders could reduce the accumulation of amyloid in vulnerable groups ", indicates the study carried out by the University of Washington that we discussed at the beginning.
But why don't we sleep well?
The Sleep Unit of the University of Navarra, in Spain, defines sleep disorders as: « insomnia, hypersomnia, narcolepsy, snoring and sleep apneas, parasomnias and other disorders, restless legs syndrome, night terrors, nightmares and sleepwalking «.
Some of these conditions, at least initially, may seem "normal" and "stress fault" to us, and we may not pay attention to them. However, it is very important to do so because healthy sleep directly influences our quality of life.
" Sleep impacts everything we do and it is no secret that we are not sleeping the necessary hours ", according to Dr. José Luis Carrillo Alduenda, Physician Assigned to the Sleep Respiratory Disorders Clinic (INER) and President of the Academy of Medicine of the Sleep AC in Mexico, according to the study on the quality of sleep in Latin America carried out by Royal Phillips .
Let's improve our quality of life
It is therefore important to strive to avoid and heal sleep disorders, both to prevent acquiring diseases such as Alzheimer's, and to avoid labor complications , vascular diseases and low productivity.
Our daily nighttime sleep must complete five cycles, which if they happen, will allow you to:
1 Wake up refreshed and energetic every morning.
2 That your memory and mental capacity allow you to reflect, remember and learn what is necessary.
3 May your heart and vascular system rest for the fatigue of each day.
4 Repair and regenerate your cells, and increase muscle mass in children.
5 That the hormones that allow fertility is released properly.
6 The production of cytokines, a hormone that allows your body to stay healthy or heal quickly if you have a medical condition.
We have to generate good sleep habits
Take note of some strategies to build good sleep habits:
Try to have the same time to sleep and get up. Always respect it as much as possible.
Reduce or avoid caffeine intake in the afternoon, and especially at night.
Avoid or reduce cigarettes, cigars or pipe tobacco.
Exercise daily, making sure it is in the morning or afternoon.
Eat a healthy dinner in less quantity than the lunchtime meal.
If you want to drink alcoholic beverages, do it in the afternoon, and avoid them shortly before sleeping.
If you want to take a nap, try to wake up before 3 in the afternoon.
Before going to bed, do an activity that relaxes us.
Avoid making the bedroom too hot or too cold.
Try to get away from noises and distractions that keep us awake after hours.
During the day, get out of the house and move around as much as possible.
If you have constant trouble sleeping and these tips don't help, consult an expert as soon as possible.
The good Greek Sophocles said that "sleep is the only effective medicine. " Let's take our dose daily so that we help each other stay in excellent health for as many years as possible.