Sleeping is one of the most important activities of living beings because, during sleep, thousands of cells and brain functions are regenerated so that they can fulfill the tasks of the day. However, people often do not get enough rest, so it is common for them to look for recommendations to sleep better.
Experts say that you should sleep at least eight hours a night, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) says that sleeping less than five hours a day can cause you to get two or more chronic diseases in the years to come.
Some of these are heart disease, stroke, or increased blood pressure. Likewise, the majority of studies emphasized that not sleeping well contributes to important problems in neuropsychological functioning, including memory, attention, concentration, and behavior.
Benefits of sleeping well
Having a restful sleep will bring great benefits in our day-to-day lives, as it favors multiple body functions, helps to improve cognitive functions, increases the good state of the immune system, protects the cardiovascular system, helps to maintain adequate body weight, and contributes to emotional balance, among other issues.
The way to verify if you are sleeping well is that your sleep is deep and continuous, that is, that you do not wake up during the night, and should last at least eight hours. It is also important to reiterate that snoring is not a sign of good rest.
Recommendations for better sleep
In an article by UNAM Global, it is recommended to maintain a good posture in bed to make the body relax and thus avoid muscular tensions that we may feel during the day. It is also necessary to be in a completely dark place to fall asleep, not to abuse electronic devices that stimulate one to stay awake, and not to self-medicate.
According to the UNAM, the best position to sleep well is on the back because it respects the normal curvature of the spine and allows the alignment of all the structures of the body; on the contrary, the worst position is on the stomach because it modifies the curvatures of the spine.
It is also recommended to put a pillow under the knees so that they are not completely extended on the bed. In addition to having a good diet and exercising, it is essential to consider sleeping well as one of the aspects of having a balanced life.