Recovering from lack of sleep takes longer than you think, study finds

How long does it take to recover from lack of sleep?

Yawning and exhausted from another night of poor sleep? Congratulations, you have joined the multitude of people around the world who suffer from lack of sleep, a serious problem that can affect your physical and mental health.

Sleep problems constitute a “global epidemic that threatens the health and quality of life of up to 45% of the world’s population,” according to World Sleep Day statistics.

But it’s easy to recover from that sleep deficit, right, especially if you’re young? A night or two of restful sleep, and certainly a full week of sleep, and are you fully functional again?

This is a well-done, albeit small, study with multiple measures to examine the impact of partial sleep deprivation, primarily examining sleep duration using wrist actigraphy, EEG changes, and cognitive performance.

Your brain needs sleep It may have been a small study, but it echoes the results of previous research. A laboratory study of sleep found that people who slept less than six hours a night for two weeks, and who thought they were doing well, performed just as poorly on cognitive and reflex tests as people who did. deprived of sleep for two full nights.

A 2017 study found that healthy middle-aged adults who slept poorly for just one night produced an abundance of the protein beta-amyloid, responsible for the hallmark plaques of Alzheimer’s. And a study published in June found that older adults who have significant difficulty falling asleep and who experience frequent nighttime awakenings are at high risk of developing dementia or dying early from any cause.

Sleep disorder is one of the main problems affecting society today. This influences the state of health, labour productivity and also personal relationships. In this sense, technology is presented as a weapon to combat this problem that brings so many people upside down.

Therefore, sleep is considered the fourth pillar of the health of individuals and populations. The dream is going to be one of the pillars of greatest progress as a generator of happiness and productivity in the coming decades, together with nutrition and sports practice.

Many experts say that one of the main enemies of sleep is technology. The use of devices such as smartphones, tablets or computers before going to sleep, causes alterations in sleep rhythms that seriously affect rest. 

However, technology can also be used to significantly improve people’s sleep quality. So much so, that for a few years now, these innovations are increasingly present in the lives of many people who suffer from this situation every day.

Smart Sleeping Solution – Drowzee

One such app and device Pendulum by Drowzee, sends sounds to the brain to achieve deep sleep. Pendulum band is a kind of “double headband”, which is worn behind the ears and on the forehead. It monitors and analyzes brain activity during the day, and trains the brain to sleep better during night. The device developed by Drowzee uses neurofeedback to guide patients with sleeping disorders towards a brain activity pattern that is closer to that of healthy sleepers.

Of Norwegian origin, it has sensors that monitor brain activity, heart rate and respiration at night. With AI (artificial intelligence), it processes the information and delivers activity reports to the user.

Perhaps the most interesting thing is that it uses soundscapes. Drowzee assures that the device can stop the racing thoughts at bedtime, to sleep with more relaxation.

The data collected from sleep monitoring can be a good starting point for talking to your doctor about insomnia. Improving the quality of the hours of sleep requires habits such as leading a healthy life, exercising, eating well but if with all this we do not succeed, that is when we have to use the most innovative technology, created to help us win the battle to tiredness.

The influence of the resting place

There are devices that, in addition to monitoring sleep activity, measure the characteristics of the room, the management of alarms and even the color of the environment, such as Sense. A small device in the shape of a ball , perfect for the bedside table, which has sensors for noise, light, temperature and even humidity and particles in the air. It connects to the smartphone both via WiFi and Bluetooth and it also has the possibility of connecting to a small sensor, which, located under the pillow, records the movements made.

Smart furniture and accessories

For those looking for the highest level of devices, there is the Sleep Number 360 , the so-called smart bed. A bed that is able to connect to different accessories and our smartphone to adapt to our body and ensure the best rest. It adapts to our posture, programs alarms, warms our feet, and is even capable of ending our snoring by helping us to change position. And if there is still someone who does not have enough with these functions, there is the perfect complement, Zeeq, a smart pillow that also connects to our smartphone and that integrates speakers to reproduce the most appropriate sound that will help us improve our sleep.

Improving the quality of the hours of sleep requires habits such as leading a healthy life, exercising, eating well but if with all this we do not succeed, that is when we have to use the most innovative technology, created to help us win the battle to tiredness.

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