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Millions of Germans have chronic sleep disorders - what can you do about it?


More and more Germans suffer from sleep disorders
Millions of people in Germany suffer from sleep disorders. Those affected are often tired during the day and have trouble concentrating. This also jeopardizes health. Some tips can help prevent sleep disorders.

More and more Germans are having trouble sleeping
More and more people in Germany have problems falling asleep and staying asleep. As the current DAK health report "Germany Sleeps Badly - An Underestimated Problem" shows, sleep disorders among working people between the ages of 35 and 65 have increased by 66 percent since 2010. According to the study, four out of five employees (80 percent) currently feel affected, the health insurance company said in a message. It also has an impact on health. Often simple lifestyle changes can help you to sleep better.

Serious health problems
Sleep disorders can not only result in tiredness and poor concentration, but also serious health problems.

According to health experts, sleep disorders increase the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, mental illnesses such as depression and lead to a weakening of the immune system.

Furthermore, a scientific study by the University of Duisburg-Essen showed that sleep disorders can also increase the risk of stroke.

Sleeping at the wheel
The German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (DGSM) draws attention to further serious problems for those affected on the occasion of the "Action Day for Restful Sleep" on Wednesday, June 21.

As the experts said, according to a report by the dpa news agency, sleeping in the driver's seat is one of the dangerous immediate consequences.

"Sleepiness is a more common fatal cause of road accidents than driving under alcohol," said DGSM board member Hans-Günter Weess from the Interdisciplinary Sleep Center in Klingenmünster (Rhineland-Palatinate).

Causes of sleep problems
According to the DAK report, the cause of sleep problems is, among other things, working conditions. For example, if you frequently work at the limit of your performance, you increase your risk of developing severe insomnia.

In this context, there are also important pressure and appointment pressure, overtime as well as night shifts and constant availability after work.

According to the experts, the snoring of men is often responsible for the sleep disorders in women.

Scientific studies have also shown that unfinished business leads to sleep disorders at night. And American researchers reported that frequent use of social media can lead to chronic sleep disorders.

Even bright light from smartphones disturbs our sleep considerably.

"If the body does not feel dark, the release of the hormone melatonin is reduced, which is important for falling asleep," said Professor Jörg Lindemann, head of the sleep laboratory at the University of Ulm in the dpa report.

According to this, experts complain, particularly among young people, of "quasi-deliberate sleep deprivation using a cell phone". According to the DGSM, studies show that 45 percent of 11 to 18-year-olds also check their smartphones in bed, 23 percent of them more than ten times a night.

Tips for a better sleep
"The increasing sleep disorders in the population should shake us up," said Andreas Storm, CEO of DAK-Gesundheit. "Many people take care of full batteries on their smartphones at night, but they can no longer charge their own batteries."

Unfortunately, many sufferers prematurely resort to self-medication. One in two of them buys sleeping pills without a prescription in a pharmacy or drugstore, the health insurance company reported.

According to experts, however, you should first try some tips on how to sleep properly before using medication. A healthy lifestyle and the absence of late meals, coffee, nicotine, alcohol and intensive sports in the evening are conducive to a restful sleep.

It is also helpful to adhere to regular sleeping times and to reduce your weight if you are overweight. Various home remedies for sleep disorders are also useful.

A calming tea made from passion flower or chamomile, for example, has proven its worth to relieve tension. Relaxation techniques such as autogenic training or progressive muscle relaxation can also be effective. (ad)

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