Why Is a Good Night’s Sleep Vital to Staying Healthy?

An expert explains the relevance of a good night's sleep when it comes to a healthy body and mind.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Sleeping poorly may lead to several complications, such as obesity, depression, hypertension, diabetes and anxiety. And according to data from the Brazilian Sleep Association (ABS), lack of sleep is a frequent problem among Brazilians: some 45 percent of the population suffer from some sort of sleep disorder.

According to neurologist and member of the Brazilian Academy of Neurology, Dr. Marcílio Delmondes Gomes, the most common sleep disorders are insomnia and obstructive apnea which, like the other disorders, prevent restorative sleep.

"Sleeping is much more than just dreaming. While we sleep, the body restores itself, balances . . .

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