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“A well-spent day brings happy sleep,” said Leonardo da Vinci .
After a long day, you deserve a good night’s rest. You may even look forward to laying your head on the pillow. But, what if you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? If you have trouble sleeping, you aren’t alone because sleep problems affect the health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population . That’s a lot of people!
If so many of us have sleep problems, what are the side effects of a lack of sleep? What can you do to sleep better at night? We’ll discuss the answers to these questions in this blog post.
Not sleeping enough can cause many physical and mental problems, among which:
Also, not sleeping enough can cause
Thinking about the above information, it is easy to see why sleeping is important for your health. This is especially true for people with epilepsy.
Sleep and epilepsy are closely related. Seizures are influenced by sleep and not getting enough of it . For many people, a seizure trigger is a lack of sleep or sleeping poorly. Some people have nocturnal seizures, which can cause serious injuries or cause more daytime seizures. Epilepsy can also make sleep disorders worse, and make you feel worse during the day. Sometimes, seizure medicines can affect sleep by causing more drowsiness or problems falling or staying asleep .
So, what can you do to sleep better at night?
If you need help tracking your sleep, the Mate App shows you a complete sleep analysis.
There are many things that you can try to sleep better at night, and most of them are natural. Let’s see what the Epilepsy Foundation suggests.
You can also keep a seizure and sleep diary , which can be helpful to identify lifestyle habits or activities that make you tired . If you already use Embrace2, then we have an app to help you keep track of your seizures, rest, and physical activity information: Mate.
To keep track of your rest, Mate provides detailed statistics such as the time you woke up and went to bed, the number of tosses and turns, and interruptions. For example, if you feel especially tired one morning, check your sleep analysis in Mate. Although you may have been in bed for 8 hours, your sleep may have been interrupted throughout the night, resulting in less efficient rest.
To help you keep track of your seizures, all confirmed, detected seizures from the Alert App are automatically reflected in Mate, and you can add other types of seizures that you experience, too. Lastly, for physical activity, Mate shows you your step count, distance covered, duration of each activity, and total time spent moving.
If your doctor asks you to keep a sleep diary, you could show him your information inside Mate. It could help him to understand your lifestyle patterns better.
If you have tried to improve your sleep habits but still struggle, then you should talk to your doctor. According to the Epilepsy Foundation:
As we’ve seen, a good night’s rest is important, but it can be hard to get. Even so, we encourage you to keep applying good sleep habits and to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider when you have sleep problems.
Sweet dreams from us here at Empatica.
Disclaimer: The Mate App is not intended to make any diagnostic or treatment recommendations based on sleep or activity tracking, but instead, it can give you insights on your overall rest and physical activity.
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