Half of all working people have sleep disorders

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Half of all German working people have sleep disorders: Sleep disorders seem to be becoming a widespread disease in Germany. According to a study by the health insurance company DAK, around 20 million German professionals suffer from sleep disorders. A connection to the global economic crisis is seen.

About 40 percent of those affected stated stress at work and stressful family situations as the causes. 20 percent saw changing working and sleeping times due to shift and night work as the reason for their sleep disorders.

4 million of the people with insomnia sleep poorly more than three times a week. As a result, they are restless, tired and not fully productive. As a result, sick leave is more common. The body needs the nocturnal rest phase for regeneration. If this is not permanent, the organism's ability to compensate decreases and illnesses can occur.

In naturopathy, the causes are also seen in an imbalance between the two opponents in our involuntary nervous system. The so-called “sympathetic” is increasingly active during the day. This is the nervous system that drives our organism. Among other things, it regulates the heartbeat and increases blood circulation in the skeletal muscles. Its opponent is the "parasympathetic nervous system". It is more inward-looking, on digestion and regenerative processes.

One reason for an imbalance could be a lack of exercise during the day due to the increasing number of sedentary jobs. If stress is then added, the sympathetic nervous system is probably in constant activity and those affected cannot switch off.

Possible own influence could be walks after work, which on the one hand give the body some necessary movement and help to think through stressful situations again and to process them better. The problem is that many people trivialize sleep disorders and only do something if serious consequences of the permanent lack of sleep are recognizable and noticeable. (Thorsten Fischer, non-medical practitioner osteopathy, February 9th, 2010)

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