Falling asleep should be the easiest thing in the world. But it doesn’t always work that well. There are many reasons for this, but one simple method can help you enjoy a better night’s sleep.
According to the renowned sleep researcher Hans-Günter Weeß, many Germans could improve the quality of their sleep with simple measures.
“Instead of exercising late or eating heavy meals, you should retire about an hour before you go to sleep,” said the head of the interdisciplinary sleep center in Klingenmünster, Palatinate, on the occasion of the day of sleep on June 21, 2022 of the German Press Agency. Many people do not manage to “release” themselves in the evening and to relax in a way that promotes sleep.
With reference to studies by the Robert Koch Institute, Weeß said that a significant proportion of Germans sleep poorly. “Six to ten percent have sleep disorders that require treatment. We assume that an additional third of the population will have restless sleep.”
Weeß complained about an increasing “non-stop society” in Germany, in which everyone can be reached around the clock. “They even answer e-mails in bed. A constant standby mode.
You lie in wait: “Is there still something to be done?” This is particularly common among young people, said the book author (“Sleep works wonders”).
Weeß expressed understanding that people complained about poor sleep because of the corona pandemic or the Ukraine war. “When we worry, we sleep less well. That is normal. It is precisely then that we should devote ourselves to beautiful things that also exist and that stabilize us emotionally, ”emphasized the sleep researcher.
On the current hot nights, Weeß advised not to drink alcohol and take a warm shower and warm drinks before going to bed. “We need a falling body core temperature for sleep, which we achieve by warming the skin’s surface. And when it comes to bedding, you should choose cotton instead of synthetic fabrics.”
The day of sleep, which was celebrated for the first time in 2000, was initiated to raise awareness of the problem of sleep disorders and their possible consequences and to provide information about effective therapies.