The stress of the daily routine, concerns, work, personal problems, or the simple passage of time (the years are leaving their mark) can be translated into problems at the time of sleep, leaving terrible consequences on our physical and mental state.
Sleeping and resting well has many benefits for our health and enjoying a full sleep is essential to reactivate our circadian rhythms (which set our biological clock), and keep the mind and body on point.
Worst of all, is that even once we have managed to stay asleep, we cannot ensure that our sleep is continuous and restful as it should be.
Not getting enough sleep is a problem that affects a large proportion of the population without differentiating between race or social class.
According to data taken in 2013, over 40% of Americans do not enjoy the hours of sleep recommended each night. In fact, it is without a doubt disturbing that if we take into account that back in 1942, this was a problem that only affected 11% of the population.
The negative side effects of not getting enough sleep are more than documented, however, experts seem to have encountered another problem quite alarming in our days. A recent study has shown a link between waking up in the middle of the night and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
The University of Illinois conducted a study on the dream of 516 adults aged between 71 and 78 years. The research found that the proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease, known as biomarkers, were highest in the elderly people suffering from respiratory disorders caused by disruptions of the sleep.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 20% of women and 30% of men suffer from sleep apnea, a breathing disorder that most commonly affects sleep. And some trials have shown that people affected by breathing disorders can wake up 60 times a night.