Sleeping more hours than usual while quarantine was recommended by sleep medicine specialists to strengthen the immune system and thus have less chance of contracting coronavirus, although experts also warned that excessive worries and anxieties can lead to sleep disorders.
“Immune phenomena are closely related to quantity and quality of sleep hoursthe more hours you sleep, preferably at night, the more adequate an immune response is generated, “he told Télam Daniel Pérez Chada, director of the Sleep Clinic of the Austral Hospital.
The specialist placed special emphasis on respect the rest of the elderly and how to make wakefulness and sleep work properly during the period of preventive and compulsory social isolation.
“Older adults need to be exposed to sunlight for two to three hours in the morning and in the dim light at night to be able to regulate their sleep, “Pérez Chada explained, adding that” when we are sleep deprived, our regulation of melatonin production is altered. “
The doctor advised the young people that “instead of staying overnight playing on the PlayStation or the cell phone, take advantage of this wonderful opportunity you have to sleep and achieve immune resistance to the disease. “
With regard to the sleep routine in children and adolescents, he assured that “it is more difficult and delicate and is related to the behaviors and education they have received, but they have to try to maintain the same hours of sleep that they had in the school period, with the flexibility of the case. Maintain 8 hours a day, that is, if they go to bed at 0 and get up at 8, to have the same routine. “
But isolation also generates other complications, such as stress and situations of anguish, especially in self-employed cases whose income declined due to not being able to carry out their activity. “The uncertainty, the information without limits, the excess of social networks and the little physical activity, added to the changes in the schedules can increase the risks of insomnia, increased irritability and increased body weight“explained the neurologist Evelyn Benavides.
Given this, the expert assured that “it is very important to keep more or less fixed schedules, waking up before 9, getting up, getting dressed, not using the bedroom as an activity center, having orderly meal times and avoiding alcoholic beverages as a mechanism to sleep. “
The doctor Juan Facundo Nogueira, a pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist at the Hospital de Clínicas, in a report prepared by SommierCenter, recommended “continue a balanced diet and regular indoor exercise, since changes in schedules can affect the quality and continuity of sleep “.