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Gynaecology Gynaecology

Sleep problems

We spend about a third of our lives asleep. We need sleep to survive because, like eating and drinking water, it is a biological need. Sleeping allows us to replenish our physical and mental energy levels to perform at our best. That is, we need to sleep in order to be awake, and vice versa. This daily sleep-wake cycle is called the circadian rhythm.

The lack of sleep and its consequences

The quantity and quality of our sleep can be affected by biological, physical and psychological factors. Sleep disorders are a common reason for medical consultation. Of these disorders, insomnia is the most common, ranking among those with the greatest health and social impact. It is estimated that about 30% of the general population has suffered from at least one of the typical symptoms of insomnia: difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night, and early nocturnal awakenings.


Sleep disorders affect not only sleep itself, they may also have repercussions on wakefulness: fatigue, problems concentrating, drowsiness, mood disturbances such as irritability, dysphoria, stress and even dysthymia or mood depression.


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