Sleep problems are often mistakenly considered a normal part of aging, but in contrary to the myths, dangers associated with insomnia in older adults are markedly significant.
Most of us have some degree of sleep preference for late nights or early mornings. The preferences of night owls and early riser tendencies are driven by some biological and genetic forces. Whether you are an early bird or a night owl may not only determine when you prefer to sleep, it can also affect your personality and quality of life.
There is a two way connection between depression and sleep problems. Disturbances in one’s biological clock may cause a neurobiological disorder which in turn can be demonstrated as depressive symptoms; on the other hand, mood decline can affect the biological clock and cause insomnia and circadian rhythm sleep disorders.
The association between high blood pressure and increased risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and stroke, is well established. However, recent studies have highlighted a link between poor quality of sleep, hypertension and cardiovascular events, and challenge current diagnostic testing and potential treatments.
This outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic affects us all and brings about high level of stress. Being forced to stay at home, work from home, do homeschooling with children, drastically minimize outings and daylight exposure. Because circadian rhythm is governed by daylight, the current Covid-19 quarantine situation is likely to negatively affect it.
Electronic devices have become an integral part of our lives where more than half of adolescents from technologically advanced countries report using electronic media on most evenings and during the last hour before they go to bed. There are many evidences pointing out that this extended usage at late hours has negative affect on sleep.