This Friday, World Sleep Day is celebrated , promoted by the World Association of Sleep Medicine, to raise awareness in society about its disorders and the consequences for physical and mental health of the problems it can cause. Sleep is a basic physiological need, and it fulfills numerous functions, since it is involved in processes of homeostatic recovery, thermoregulation, tissue repair, immune and endocrinological control, and memory consolidation.
Explains the head of the pathology department Dream of the Neurology Service of the Hospital La Luz , Dr. Laura Lillo , sleep deep slow seems to have a neuroprotective function because it helps eliminate waste materials and cellular wear, such as the peptide Beta-amyloid and tau protein, both implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. “Thus, scientific evidence suggests that sleep pathologies, which reduce its duration and quality, such as insomnia and Sleep Apnea / Hypopnea Syndrome, increase the risk of developing dementia, and accelerate its course,” he says. Dotora Lillo.
Therefore, whenever one has difficulty sleeping, of any origin, it is essential to seek the help of a specialist in Sleep Medicine. “The proper diagnosis and treatment of sleep pathologies is the best way to protect our brain against the development of neurodegenerative diseases”, asserts this specialist.