Top 10 Most Googled Questions About Sleep

Sleep is a necessity of the human being, and for some also a pleasure. Sleep influences our health, mood and even on skin condition. But something that in principle may seem simple, for some people is complicated. Insomnia is a common disorder, which is in the top of the most Googled questions in the world. This is a list of the most frequently asked questions and experts ‘ answers to them.

What are the causes of insomnia?

Dr. Guerra Gómez, a psychiatrist and member of “Top Doctors”, explains that there are different types of insomnia, but “in most cases it is caused by organic causes: brain, endocrine or lung diseases… It can also be due to certain medications such as corticoids, thyroid hormone, etc. and of course there are psychiatric disorders that can also trigger insomnia, such as anxiety or depression”.

What to do when you can’t sleep?
The psychologist Carlos A. Rodríguez Méndez, head of the Psychology and Mindfulness in Slow Life House, recommends “asking for professional help, because insomnia is a messenger of important news, and may be a symptom of the presence of some psychological disorder”. In addition, the expert gives a number of recommendations that may help you fall asleep, such as:

△ maintaining regular hours at bedtime and getting up;
△ avoid 30-minutes naps;
△ dine lightly and two hours before bedtime;
△ avoid intense exercise after 7:00 pm;
△ repeat a night routine every time before going to bed;
△ avoid taking worries to bed;
△ create an appropriate environment (temperature, order in the room, etc.) and practice some relaxation technique.

What happens to your body when you don’t get enough sleep?
One sleepless night does not have serious consequences, but when the lack of sleep becomes something more habitual, Dr. Guerra Gomez points out that can appear “somatic discomforts like headaches, dizziness, muscular pains …  And also psychic symptoms like the anxiety, irritability, concentration difficulty, behavioural changes, etc. And if the situation continues, it could trigger psychiatric disorders such as depressive episodes or anxiety disorders”.


How long can we go without sleeping?
According to experts, there is no consensus among scientists, but after 72 hours begin to appear somatic or psychic symptoms.

Why do elderly people often sleep badly?
It is usual that as we get older, the dream deteriorates and more problems arose. And according to Dr. Guerra Gómez, a member of “Top Doctors”, “the regulation of sleep depends, among other factors, on melatonin (a hormone that regulates daily body rhythms) and with age it amount in the body decreases”.

Is it possible to recover sleep?
No. To get little sleep during the week and trying to compensate by sleeping a lot at the end of the week – that’s not how it works.


Sleeping during the day is the same as sleep at night?
In principle not, because according to Dr. Guerra Gómez, the body segregates melatonin only at night and this is the hormone responsible for inducing sleep. But, the specialist says that the body can adapt and get a good night’s sleep for the day. An important issue for night workers. 

How Do Screens Affect Our Sleep?
Are you one of those who looking at the phone before going to bed? Responding to Whatsapp messages or check out your Instagram profile may be responsible for poor sleep quality. Dr. Eduard Estivill, European sleep medicine specialists, argues that “the use of electronic devices before sleep is an inadequate practice for health, since the light of the screens blocks the production of melatonin and is counterproductive to sleep”.

How many hours of sleep do kids need?
If you are a mother, you must have searched on Google how many hours your child should sleep. Dr. Guerra Gomez explains that “approximately babies should sleep between 16 and 17 hours and little by little sleep hours decrease .. At 6 years ≈ 12 hours, at 12 ≈ 9 hours and at 18 years is on average 8 hours”.

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Tiffany Tompson

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