The following was a small study, but it is interesting because the participants were young females and males with an average age of 28.8 years (Montesinos L, et.al., 2018).
Their average body mass index was 23.4 and their resting heart rate was 63.1 which are considered good. Sleep and balance were assessed over two days, and balance was assessed in a gait lab.
Even in young people like, this decreased sleep quality for only a short time was causing problems.
The participants with a day-to-day deterioration in sleep quantity and quality saw significant changes in balance.
Sleep quantity and quality were defined by decreased duration and increased fragmentation, increased night time activity and decreased heart rate variability. As more and more research is done in the area of sleep, we discover how important sleep really is, even balance is affected by sleep. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why some people lose their balance as they get older.
If you have problems relaxing, try meditation, especially in the evening in a room without bright light.
Reduce your exposure to bright light and light from computer screens some time before you go to bed. Exposure to bright light in the evening can alter your circadian rhythm and affect the release of the hormone melatonin, making it more difficult to get quality sleep.
Montesinos L, Castaldo R, Cappuccio F, Pecchia L, Day-to-day variations in sleep quality affect standing balance in healthy adults. Sci Rep. 2018 Nov 30;8(1):17504.
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