Koru Hospital Sleep Diseases Specialist Prof. Dr. Sadık Ardıç said that lack of sleep may cause the Covid-19 vaccine to be less effective. Prof. Dr. Juniper said, “A good night's sleep is a factor in the strengthening of our body's defense system. Good sleep pattern is an important factor in increasing the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccine. " said.
Drawing attention to the motto of this year on March 19, World Sleep Day, "regular sleep, healthy future", Prof. Dr. Sadık Ardıç said, “Sleep improves mental health. Normalizes brain functions. After good sleep, our cognitive functions work better, positively affecting complex thinking, learning, memory and decision-making. " he spoke.
"Pandemic brought sleep problems"
Koru Hospital Sleep Physician Prof. Dr. Sadık Ardıç stated that the pandemic has revealed a series of new sleep problems even for people who did not have sleep problems before. Stating that difficulty falling and staying asleep, long sleep times and low sleep quality are the most common sleep problems, Prof. Dr. Sadık Ardıç said, “The Covid-19 virus did not affect everyone in the same way. Of course, patients infected with the virus and their relatives and healthcare professionals directly faced with the virus were more affected. The Covid-19 outbreak spread all over the world and brought important problems for sleep. " said.
Sleep Physician Prof. Dr. Sadık Ardıç continued his words as follows; While facing the Covid-19 epidemic, sleep has become even more important due to its physical and mental health benefits. Sleep is an effective immune system booster. It is known that a good night's sleep strengthens our body's defense system.
"Sleep Apnea patients are in the high risk group in Covid 19"
Sleep Apnea is more common in middle-aged and elderly patients with cardiometabolic diseases, arterial hypertension, and obesity. These diseases are risk factors for worse results in patients diagnosed with Covid-19. For this reason, if you are a sleep apnea patient, you are in the high-risk patient group when you are affected by Covid-19.
"Irregular sleep shortens life"
Irregular or insufficient sleep: can cause problems in business and social life as well as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity, which can affect public health widely. In these patients, the risk of occupational accidents or traffic accidents due to excessive sleepiness is several times higher than healthy individuals. Since Sleep Apnea syndrome will cause secondary diseases in the person, it will negatively affect the life span and quality of life. On the other hand, with the spread of the disease, it will adversely affect the entire health of the society, causing material and moral losses, and most importantly, it will shorten the human life.
If you have difficulty staying awake day and night, snoring and stopping in your breath, waking up frequently during the night, getting up tired in the morning and excessive sleepiness during the day, it is necessary to consult the physician who deals with sleep medicine.
Sleep Physician Prof. Dr. Sadık Ardıç made the following recommendations for those who have sleep problems during the pandemic process:
- Set a regular sleep and wake time, and always obey these times.
- If possible, use the bed only for sleep and sex life, and go to bed when you feel sleepy.
- Limit the amount of time you are exposed to news about Covid -19.
- Make your home, and especially your bedroom, a more comfortable, quiet, dark and suitable temperature environment.
- Do not keep electronic bright light emitting devices such as cell phones, computers, and televisions in your bedroom.
- Exercise regularly, preferably in daylight.
- Try to get natural daylight during the day, especially in the morning, and if not possible, keep your curtains or lights open so that your home is brightly lit during the day Try to get dim light in the evening, making it darker at night.
- If you can go outside, it is best to go out in the morning and have breakfast in a bright place, in a garden or balcony if possible.
- Choose familiar and relaxing activities before going to bed. For example, reading books, yoga, etc.
- Avoid daytime naps. If you're taking a nap, catch them at the same time of the day.
- Do not go to bed hungry, but do not eat heavy meals close to bedtime.
- Avoid nicotine, caffeine, theine, and alcohol before going to bed.
- Sedative depression medications can be useful for short-term treatment of insomnia, especially if you have a comorbid mental disorder.
- If you have Sleep Apnea, use your PAP device in line with your doctor's recommendations.