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Orthosomnia: why your obsession to sleep well is taking you off sleep and causing insomnia
November 4, 2020
During the confinement that caused the coronavirus the Downloads of all types of applications increased in Spain by 15%. Among the top ten of the most downloaded were, of course, those that allowed us to make videoconferences and play to entertain ourselves for a while during the long hours of confinement. But the ones that experienced the greatest increase if we compare the number of downloads before the onset of the coronavirus and the number afterwards are health apps and many of them had only one goal: to get us to stop spending nights in the bank. It is not for less, according to a report from the University of Cantabria 62% of the population suffered from sleep disorders at that moment. But at this moment the problem seems to be another, the coronavirus no longer takes our sleep, our own sleep takes it away. Some people have taken the maxim that good sleep is synonymous with health to the extreme and have made monitoring their rest their new healthy obsession. A disorder that already has a name, orthosomnia, and of which we will tell you all its keys.
Why is it counterproductive to monitor our sleep
There is no lack of reason for the victims of orthosomnia: sleeping well is important to lead a healthy life, it strengthens the defenses, helps the metabolism and keeps us at our ideal weight, benefits the brain, helps regulate emotions … Accumulating nights of bad sleep is a real health risk that has been linked to having an increased risk of disease like diabetes and even some types of cancer.
But going to the opposite extreme and obsessing over the perfect rest is not the solution. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine some people "are taking 'self-quantification' (of sleep well parameters) too far." These people have become true experts in monitoring their sleep time and to achieve their goal of monitoring every minute of their REM phase they invest in all kinds of devices and apps.