Pandemic affects the sleep of at least 60 percent of Mexicans

Mexicans have increased the incidence of sleep disorders as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could trigger various diseases

At least 60 percent of mexicans have seen their dream due to the stress, the anxiety and the depression that has generated the coronavirus pandemic, which in the country already exceeds one million infections and is close to 100,000 deaths, according to experts estimated this Wednesday.

“We Mexicans have increased the incidence of sleep disorders,” Guadalupe Terán, president of the Mexican Society for Sleep Research and Medicine, told a press conference.

The specialist explained that, even before the arrival of the coronavirus, the Lack of sleep it was one public health crisis latent associated with a set of ailments.

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Between 10 and 15 percent of the world population had suffered from insomnia chronic, that is, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep at least three nights a week for a period of three months or more.

And it is that doctors and researchers are seeing signs that the pandemic is also causing profound damage to people’s sleep.

These disorders, according to specialists, could have profound ramifications for public health, generating a new massive population of chronic insomnia they will have to deal with a decreased productivity and patience, and higher risks of hypertension, depression Y diabetes.

“With insomnia, a person who does not sleep well is exposed to cardiovascular, metabolic and emotional risks,” said Alejandro Jiménez Genchi, teacher in Psychiatry and president of the Mexican Academy of Sleep Medicine.

He explained that people who sleep less than 6 hours a day have up to a 66 percent risk of developing arterial hypertension, 48 percent of filing coronary heart disease, are 15 percent more likely to have a cerebral vascular disease and 180 percent more likely to have diabetes mellitus.

In addition to having a 10 percent to 15 percent higher risk of mortality than those who sleep properly.

Some causes of insomnia

The specialists assured that crises such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks trigger insomnia in the short term.

However, the global impact and prolonged nature of the pandemic threaten to expand the rate of chronic insomnia, which is much more difficult to treat.

Mainly, the problem has been seen in health workers who are treating the pandemic in the front line of care.

Experts warned that due to the pandemic and lack of sleep there has been an increase in the consumption of substances of abuse, such as alcohol or the tobacco.

María Elena Sañudo, medical director of Sanofi General Medicines México, said that there are medications that help treat these problems, although only 5 percent of people with insomnia go to treat this disease.

He noted that at times like the pandemic, sleeping well is essential, especially since sleep helps them to occur antibodies and the activity of the body’s defense cells is increased, in addition to reducing the increased circulation of pro-inflammatory substances.

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