In connection with WORLD SLEEP DAY, 17 March 2023, Dorelan explains from A to Z in its Glossary, how to handle the subject of sleep in the best possible way. But the question is, how much are we prepared on the subject of sleep?
Sleep is one of the fundamental activities for our physical and mental well-being but, unfortunately, we often have to deal with habits and conditions that compromise its quality. We are not always aware of how a good night’s sleep can affect our daily activities and personal relationships.
Sonnopedia is born: a veritable glossary related to this topic of social interest created by Dorelan (a major name in made in Italy bedding).
According to a survey carried out in 2022 by the Dorelan ReSearch scientific committee, 30% of the people interviewed stated that their sleep had deteriorated over the previous two years. But that's not all: the difference between the actual amount of sleep and the desired amount of sleep is about 1 hour and 20 minutes, while the time it takes to fall asleep is on average 40 minutes (much longer than we all expect!)
Sleep, a healthy diet and physical activity for equilibrium
Sleep is a major problem for many Italians, who often face a number of difficulties that have a negative impact on their health and well-being.
Raising awareness of the issue and spreading useful information and advice to improve the quality of our rest is therefore very important. According to Dr Francesca Vitali, Psychologist and member of Dorelan ReSearch, sleep is a fundamental component at a psychophysical level: it is not only essential for health, together with a correct and healthy diet and physical activity, but it also allows us to maintain a psychic and emotional equilibrium.
Which are the best eating habits?
In the glossary , there are many references and correct indications also with regard to good eating habits, to avoid having problems with sleep-wake equilibrium over time. Here are some of them:
A for apnoea at night , with advice to adopt a healthier diet
E for “Estate” (Summer), with advice to avoid heavy drinks and food at dinner, as well as to drink plenty of water during the day
I for Insomnia, which reminds us not to take stimulants such as alcohol or caffeine before bedtime
K for Kg which illustrates the influence of sleep deprivation on the functioning of the metabolism and thus on weight gain/obesity
Q for Quality of Awakening which emphasises the importance of preparing a good breakfast rich in protein and carbohydrates to facilitate a good awakening
V for Vacation, which emphasises the importance of good digestion and moderation in making ‘exceptions’
A project full of data and information that aims to provide clarification on sleep disorders in order to help raise awareness of the importance of this habit.
Italian Data on Sleep Medicine – Dorelan Research
According to the latest study conducted by the Italian Association for Sleep Medicine (AIMS) in 2021, in Italy about 7 million people suffer from at least 5 sleep apnoea per hour of sleep.
From the data collected also children, on the basis of the 'Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children (SDSC)', a study conducted by Dorelan Research and designed by Oliviero Bruni,(child psychologist) it emerges that 70.5% of Italian children have sleep disorders: 26.6% of children find it difficult to wake up in the morning, 17.4% sweat a lot, while 16% happen to talk during the night.
(The study, in which a sample of 1,150 parents of children between the ages of 6 and 15 took part, shows that it is, in particular, the 6-7 year olds who have the most difficulty).
Managing sleep disturbances in children is important. These signs of missed sleep should not be underestimated,” explains Jacopo A. Vitale, Member of the Scientific Committee Dorelan ReSearch, and Researcher of the LaMSS of IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi in Milan, “a good quality of sleep, in fact, promotes children’s growth and improves their mood.”
The project helps to remind us that sleeping well means living better and encourages us to take the time to recognize the real characteristics of our night’s rest.
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