Tablet, Technikgadget or a special mattress – in sleep disorders patients are spoiled for choice. Because with the promise of a quiet night, many providers want to make money. But, in the opinion of medical experts, all the aids are not effective.
Schwalmstadt (dpa) – a valerian for ten euros, special 200 euro blankets or a 8,000 euro luxurious mattress – seeking trouble sleeping on the internet helps get the impression that a pleasant night is not free.
About the sleeping theme, an industry that covers almost all aspects has been established: sleepwalking programs, nutritional supplements are designed to help people fall asleep and physical aids improve sleep quality.
Hans-Günter Weeß of the German Sleeping Society (DGSM), headquartered in northern Hesse, believes the dream is commercialized: "It's also easy because there are no adequate health facilities for people with insomnia," he says. That was an indictment of the health system. Weeß is considered a sleeping expert. Head of the Interdisciplinary Sleep Center at the Palatinate Clinic in Rhineland-Palatinate and author.
Sleep is more important than in the past – also through research. "We can prove very well that sleeping is an important program for reconstruction and restoration of people," explains Weeß. How many people this program does not work properly is controversial. Weeß says, "Six percent of the population suffers from sleep disorders related to treatment, 70 percent suffer more than a year, 50 percent more than three years."
People who have or suspect having sleep disorders often resort to tablets. According to information from the Federal Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, EUR 228 million will be spent on sleeping pills and relaxation supplements per year – with a growing trend. The supplements are in the top 10 most professional non-prescription medicines. "From the point of view of a medical specialist, we can only recommend products whose effectiveness has been proven," says Weeß. And if you look at the studies, then there is no evidence of effectiveness for many herbal preparations. "If something helps, high doses of valerian are most likely in mild sleep disorders."
Even when you go to a pharmacy, you need to look carefully: "Every drug has been tested and licensed," says Ursula Sellerberg, a spokeswoman for the Federal Association of German Pharmaceutical Associations. Supplements including vitamins and minerals are also available. The hormone of sleep melatonin, for example, is available in both forms.
"It seems that melatonin-free prescription helps only in the case of sleep disorders and sleep disorders, if this occurs during jet lag," explains Weeß. Although they have helped recipe more effectively, they can become more dangerous. "Primary sleeping pills, so-called benzodiazepines and Z-substances, can lead to addiction and addiction."
Physical sleeping aids are, for example, heavyweight rugs designed to create feelings of well-being. The effect of such aids is not proven, they can work anyway. "All that leads to mental, emotional, and physical relaxation in the bed can help," says Weeß.
Mattress manufacturers have relatively little benefit from a new dream appreciation. According to the Mattress Industry Association, a strong dream is the main selling point, but retail trade varies from year to year. "There are things that you can see in many industries: the middle is falling apart," the spokeswoman said. The market is increasingly involved in cheap and top-notch manufacturers.
There was a flourish of fitness bracelets. According to data from the Digital Industry Association Bitka, 26 percent of German users are using it. Understanding sleep and sleep quality is one of the functions of a device. Doctors in the dream are not delighted. Increasing self-observation is counterproductive: "Tension is the enemy of the dream," explains Weeß. In addition, most sleep monitoring devices were based on motion and pulse measurement, depending on the age of the day. "In my opinion, these are the" stone age methods "of sleep research."
According to Weeß, sleeping arrangements are now the first choice in treating sleep disorders. "The market is also growing and it is important to address people who have psychotherapeutic and medical sleep." In the courses you are doing
Patients on their own sleeping pills, for example with relaxation training, sleeping techniques, and restriction sleeping. In two days of intensive course you could help two-thirds of participants in much better sleep. For this, participants have to pay 200 euros – again, sleep is a job.
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