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The Dramatic Consequences Of Disturbed Sleep

The Dramatic Consequences Of Disturbed Sleep

By Marietta Gross - Scoop Media Auckland.

Scoop Report: A Berlin sleep researcher has compared quality of life of people affected by sleeplessness with tumour patients.

Sleep disorders are not a harmless disease but can damage one's health dramatically. “These people have sometimes a quality of life that can be compared with tumour patients”, says sleep researcher Alexander Blau of the Berlin Charité. Every sleepless night changes alertness and concentration, as if you had 0,8 per mill of alcohol in your blood. And by degrees, sleepless hours erode good health.

Furthermore, Alexander Blau says skin, eyes and the immune system could only regenerate if the body gets enough sleep. Too little sleep results in disorders of metabolism, digestion, endocrine (hormonal) system, and brain function. The causes for sleep disturbances include: disorders when dozing off, breath dropouts, disturbed sleep-wake-rhythm patterns commonly experienced with shift workers.

Blau recommends people who suffer ongoing sleeping disorders should see their doctor, or alternatively to take an examination in a sleeping laboratory. Synthetic hypnotics or sleeping medication is often not necessary. Other alternative treatments for sleep disorders include exercise, fresh air, the plant valerian or hops.

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