General or Other | General Practice | Sleep (Disease)


Sleep is actually a natural state of the body. We need sleep to grow, to rest and restore us, to work and function at optimal parameters. Memory and sleep depend on our vigilance. Creativity and ability to build new things to learn, and they depend on sleep. His role is not yet fully understood, but one thing seems clear, if not necessary so the body, I have not given much time.

Sleep requirements vary greatly by age - from 18 hours in a newborn to 8 hours in an adult.

Causes and Risk factors

Increasingly more studies show that there is an important link between sleep and chronic health problems. The most common disorders that affect sleep parameters appear to be type 2 diabetes, especially at uncontrolled by insulin, hypertension, congestive heart failure, lung disease or depressive disorders.

For example, too little sleep seems to influence the bodys ability to use insulin, which can lead to diabetes. Also influence sleep and growth hormone secretion, which is considered as being involved in the development of obesity. Thus, as the amount of hormone secreted decreases the risk of obesity increases. Obesity is also because they are affected by sleep deprivation and important metabolic processes, especially of carbohydrates, and is modified and eating behavior. In turn, obesity reduces physical comfort of the patient and can cause sleep apnea, which alters the quality of sleep.

Experts recommend that adults and older adults sleep an average of 7-8 hours each night. As we get older, sleep pattern changes, and necessary or not. True, the elderly often wake up at night, and so the total amount of sleep may be lower, but the need for sleep is almost identical to that of younger adults. ...