More than 35 years studying sleep
What is sleep?
In recent decades, there have been significant advances in the understanding of sleep pathology, leading to the development of treatments for many sleep-related disorders. This advances alows us to treat serious diseases, such as Sleep Apnea Syndrome, as well as other pathologies, such as Restless Legs Syndrome and Narcolepsy.
Lack of sleep can have negative consequences on our health, including cognitive, emotional and physical problems.
Why do we sleep?
Restoration: sleep helps restore the body and mind after a day of activity and stress. During sleep, the body carries out repair and regeneration processes.
Memory consolidation: sleep can help consolidate memory and improve learning.
Mood regulation: Sleep can help regulate mood and improve mental health.
Energy conservation: Sleep can help conserve energy and reduce metabolic expenditure during periods of inactivity.
During sleep, the brain performs a number of important functions such as the production of hormones for growth and tissue repair, consolidation of memory and learning, emotional regulation and information processing, regulation of the immune system, appetite and metabolism, and restoration of the body’s energy levels.
During the day I feel sleepy…
Why is this happening to me?
There are several possible causes of excessive daytime sleepiness. One of them is sleep deprivation, i.e., not sleeping the necessary hours or having poor quality sleep that does not allow adequate rest.
Other causes may include sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, insomnia or restless legs syndrome, as well as certain medications, such as some antihistamines and tranquilizers. Depression, anxiety and stress may also contribute to daytime sleepiness.
It is important to note that excessive daytime sleepiness is not a normal condition and can have serious health and safety consequences. If you experience daytime sleepiness on a regular basis, it is important to talk to a doctor to determine the underlying cause and seek appropriate treatment.