Monday , September 26 2022

Take care of yourself. The French do not have time to sleep


One third of the French do not sleep enough. (Illustration)
One third of the French do not sleep enough. (illustration) (VANESSA MEYER / MAXPPP)

One in three French people sleep badly, and there are ten million to take sleeping pills. Studies show: we do not sleep enough. Less than six hours for one third of the French, while we need between seven and eight hours of sleep on average.

More worryingly, children and adolescents are also affected. This is due to the fact that parents return late from work and delay the baby's bedtime to take advantage of them, or because of the multiplication of screens in adolescents' rooms, which has disturbed sleep. Result: between 1:30 and 2 hours of teen sleep and half an hour for the youngest. While, on average, a person of four years needs an average of 12 hours of sleep, from 10 to 10 years and from 8 to 18 years.

Is it serious not to sleep enough? According to Sylvie Royant-Parola, a psychiatrist and chair of the Morphée Network, dedicated to managing sleep disorders, it can lead to significant repercussions in everyday life: attention disorders and learning in school, behavioral disorders: shaken children, irritable teens, changes of mood, without mentioning the risks of obesity or diabetes, as well as decreasing immune defense. In a nutshell: It is necessary, at all costs, to avoid that the lack of sleep can be established in time.

So how? The Morphée Network launched a sleeping site under 18 years of age, with concrete solutions validated by a scientific committee and discussion forums. A rule to remember is the regularity of sleep rhythms. For younger children, it is necessary to put the children to sleep at a fixed time, also to avoid too sexy games in the evening and to think about setting up a sleeping ritual to make the child safe. This ritual must be short, otherwise the child will feel that you do not want to leave it alone.

Adolescents will always try to push the limits and thus time to fall asleep. It is up to the parents to impose an ordinary bedtime. And the weekend, no way to let the baby sleep until noon. Two hours of sleep, no more, otherwise the biological clock will drink. And it's imperative to teach teenagers to disconnect screens at least one hour before bedtime.

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