March 17, 2023
Insomnia is a very common sleep disorder and can cause difficulty falling asleep, maintaining continuous sleep or achieving good quality sleep. Insomnia is considered when the person has spent three or more months with more than 50% of the time with poor quality sleep that is not explained by another disease. Not sleeping well not only affects our energy and mood, but it can also affect our health and quality of life. This time, Dr. Frank Villarreal, neurologist and coordinator of the Sleep Medicine Unit at Clinica Ricardo Palma, provides us with more information on the subject, as well as some recommendations to combat this disorder.
The first step for diagnosis is a detailed clinical interview with a specialist doctor on the subject, since many habits, customs, illnesses or medicines can cause sleeping difficulties. After that, if necessary, a home or laboratory study will be evaluated to determine if there are other causes causing insomnia.
Consequences of a poor quality of sleep
Not sleeping properly brings consequences in the short, medium and long term
Recommendations to sleep better
Sleeping well keeps people strong and healthy, increasing their life expectancy and generating greater emotional well-being. Therefore, it is advisable to carry out the following recommendations:
Dr. Frank Villarreal
Neurologist and coordinator of the Sleep Medicine Unit at Clinica Ricardo Palma