The Ukraine war, inflation, nerve-wracking child care, financial worries and fears for the future give many of us sleepless nights. Studies show that the mind and body suffer as a result of the changes in everyday life – this of course also has an effect on the quality of sleep. We have some tips and product recommendations for you on how to get a better night’s sleep.
Healthy sleep is important. But what characterizes healthy sleep and how many hours of sleep do you need? On average, working people in Austria sleep seven hours a day. During the week less, at the weekend many try to catch up on the sleep they miss during the week. What happens in the body when you don’t get enough sleep, and what can you do when you just can’t sleep?Insomnia is widespread and results in poor overall physical and mental health, as well as a high societal cost.Suffered even before the pandemic in Austria around 25 percent of the population suffers from sleep disorders, the number has risen to 32 percent due to Corona and the Ukraine war is reinforcing this trend. Parallel to this development, the sale of sleeping pills has risen sharply. 7.8 percent of Austrians between the ages of 18 and 67 also suffer from pathological insomnia. As you make your bed, you rest The crisis is leaving its mark on both the elderly and the young. In addition to obvious economic and existential fears, there are also scientifically collected results on the psychological well-being of the population. The 18 to 24 age group is particularly affected. On the other hand, the over-65 age group is coping better with the crisis from a purely psychological point of view. Health as a problem child Muscle tension, back pain, exhaustion, headaches, panic attacks and sleep disorders are on the rise. It can be assumed that the crisis in recent months has fueled this negative trend. Over a fifth of Austrians suffer from daytime sleepiness With 22 percent, over a fifth of Austrians suffer from daytime sleepiness. Sleep problems have been exacerbated primarily by the pandemic. 32 percent of people in Austria have been sleeping less well since Corona. “While there are simple reasons for fatigue, as an extreme form of fatigue, sleepiness can be dangerous. Drowsiness can have a pathological background, such as restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea,” said Ingo Fietze, head of the interdisciplinary sleep medicine center in Berlin. It is particularly important to know that you cannot save up sleep and that lack of sleep can only be made up for to a limited extent.Confused internal clock”Above all, insomnia has increased massively – not only in the acutely ill, but also in asymptomatically infected people, in family members of those affected and in the population in general,” explains sleep doctor Birgit Högl. There is also increasing evidence that the Covid-19 infection could also directly influence the genetic regulation of the day-night rhythm. A study from India shows that children in lockdown use digital media dramatically longer. The brightness of the screen also influences the body clock. Also read: How to choose the perfect mattress! What can help you sleep better: This cervical spine pillow effectively supports the shoulders, neck and fascial structures and can effectively prevent tension in the body. Thanks to the differently shaped pillow sides, the soft memory foam pillow is ideal for side, stomach and back sleepers. The comfortable pillow can be stored in the supplied travel bag to save space, so that it is always with you when travelling. Made from comfortable viscose memory foam, the neck support pillow adapts to the natural sleeping position and is extremely dimensionally stable.