Studies show that sleep is an 'activity' absolutely necessary!

The duration of sleep in each individual varies according to age, habits, lifestyle, and in a general way oscillates between 4 and 12 hours. Studies show that sleep is an ' activity ' absolutely necessary since during the same, physiological functions occur for the psychophysical balance.


During sleep, there is a reversible loss of consciousness and motor activity that have a restorative effect on the physical and mental fatigue level, being considered a physiological situation, fundamental to the well-being during the day that follows.


Much of the population has sleep disorders at some point in life. The proportion is higher in the elderly, women and patients with medical or psychiatric problems.


Insomnia can be represented in several ways. The difficulty to start the sleep - let yourself fall asleep -, wake up several times during the night or waking up too early in the morning, before the desired time.

At certain times of life, in particular in specific situations of stress like exams or before a trip, it's normal there are nights when there is a difficulty falling asleep. Normally, being an acute/transitional case, should last two or three days and then disappears, hence not be recommended no treatment since it refers when exceeded the cause that triggered the situation of stress. In more serious cases such as family problems, can last up to four weeks, embedding itself in the short-lived group. All cases that pass the barrier of four weeks, become the considered chronic and already require concern, whether a particular situation or simply because you can't rest.


You can sort the Insomnia also depending on its intensity on a scale of three levels that are Light - it happens almost every night -, moderate - every night and associated with a minimal deterioration in the quality of life of the individual and where already associated symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, irritability... - and Severe - every night but also presents a moderate deterioration in quality of life and may lead to a worsening of the symptoms described above and others like daytime sleepiness, lack of concentration, inability to feel active during the day, mood swings, irritability.


When not solved this problem ignored by many, in extreme situations and the long term, studies show that there is a greater tendency on the part of these individuals suffer from depression, anxiety and alcoholism. In the elderly, serious disturbances in sleep may contribute to cognitive deterioration, loss of balance - which increases the risk of falls - and slow reflexes.


Insomnia when treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine or Naturopathy, the nervous system tends to relax. The treatments are so effective because they are directed to calm stress and balancing the energy, which are important factors in regard to this problem, thats why Insomnia a most common queries with regard to these specialties : for its efficiency and absence of side effects.


Below we let the first steps to combat insomnia


  •  Do breathing exercises, meditation or other forms of relaxation.


  •  Two hours before bedtime, avoid eating spicy, red meat and large amounts of food as well as alcohol or caffeine.


  •  Avoid using (for work or pleasure) the computer, tablet or mobile phone before bed. The emission of light (especially the white light of these devices) on the Pineal Gland causes this stop producing melatonin, the hormone responsible for settlement. Do everything possible to have in the room just 'yellow' lights.


  •  Do exercise, preferably contact with nature.


  •  Work during day and rest at night. Not worth thinking about work when you go to sleep, these excessive thoughts can be one cause of insomnia. 


  •  Light an essential oil burner (only the biological oil has therapeutic effect, artificial just smells good) two hours before going to bed in the room where you sleep. The soothing smell can induce sleep.

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